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COURSE OVERVIEW

Diet choices are now the top cause of death and disability globally. Not only is our diet causing ill health, it is a major factor contributing to climate destruction. A global shift to a predominantly plant-based diet is deemed necessary to preserve both human and planetary health. But what is a healthy plant-based diet? How can it be achieved? What are the benefits? All these questions will be answered in this 6-week course designed for those interested in improving their knowledge and expertise in the field of plant-based nutrition. The course is designed for at health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, dieticians, nutritionists, physiotherapists) who would like to incorporate evidence-based nutrition into routine clinical practice.

What is the content of the course?

The course will start by discussing the main dietary determinants of disease, disability and death, focussing on data from the United Kingdom and comparing with international data sets. It will discuss different types of nutrition studies and common dietary patterns. The course will review the role of nutrition in promoting optimal health and wellbeing. Key components of a healthy plant-based diet will be covered, including nutrients of abundance and those that are notable for their relative absence. There will then be an in-depth review of the scientific literature supporting the role of plant-based nutrition in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This will include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, dementia, obesity, bone health, women's health and gastrointestinal disorders. In the final week, comparisons will be made with other popular diet patterns, such as 'low-carb' and 'Paleo' diets, and national and international nutrition guidelines will be reviewed with analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. The connection between our diet choices and the impact on the environment will be explored and a model of sustainable farming will be presented.

The content has been created by 17 plant-based health professionals and experts from the UK. Many have been plant-based themselves for several years and use plant-based nutrition in their clinical practice as part of an overall approach to lifestyle medicine. You will be familiar with many of the lecturers from their prominent social media profiles and include, Dr Shireen Kassam, Dr Gemma Newman, Dr Alan Desmond, husband and wife team, Drs Nitu and Rajiv Bajekal, Dr Agnes Electra Chlebinska, Dr Miriam Maisel, Dr Alicja Baczynska, Registered Dietitian Samantha Gould, Dr Sue Kenneally, Dr Arvind Maheru, Dr Miriam Martinez-Biarge, Registered Dietician Despina MarselouDr Leila Dehghan, Dr Mahesh Shah, Mick Walker and Professor Amir Kassam.

Accreditation

This course has been accredited for 15 CPD hours by the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM) and can be counted towards Maintenance of Certification for the diploma in lifestyle medicine by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. On completion of the course, participants will be issued a certificate of completion from the University. The course is open to those in and outside the UK.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Location

Distance learning only.

Learning and teaching

This is a fully online, 6-week, distance learning course, facilitated and taught by Dr Shireen Kassam. It will require 6 hours of study per week and consists of a combination of written material, pre-recorded lectures, quizzes to test learning and a weekly compulsory written discussion on a controversial topic. The course can be worked through in your own time but all the content needs to be completed each week. There is no live component to the course.

This distance-learning course is delivered via Canvas. Due to government regulations, Instructure (Canvas) prohibits the unauthorised use of its products and services in specific countries and regions. We need to make these restrictions clear to individuals considering this course. Please see the guidance as documented by Canvas.

Which countries are restricted from using Canvas?

This course requires access to the following:

OPERATING SYSTEM
  • Windows XP SP3 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux - chrome OS
MEMORY
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor
BANDWIDTH ENVIRONMENTS
  • Minimum of 512kbps (basic DSL)
BROWSERS

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  • Chrome 19
  • Safari 5
  • Firefox 12

 

 

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Run by the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Winchester, this is the only University-based course of its kind in the UK. It is aimed at and designed for health professionals. Those who are not health professionals can enrol but they should be aware that the course assumes knowledge of medical terminology and a basic understanding of common chronic diseases. A good command of the English Language is required, both written and oral. If you are not a health professional, a background in science at University/degree level is desirable if not essential to get the most out of the course.

Course enquiries and applications

The course will repeat every academic term. The 2020/2021 academic year start dates are:

October 6th 2020
January 26th 2021
May 11th 2021

Book now

For general enquiries please contact the department administrator plant-basednutrition@winchester.ac.uk. For academic/course content enquires please contact Shireen Kassam Shireen.Kassam@winchester.ac.uk

Weekly Topics

Modules Credits

Week 1
  1. Dietary determinants of disease and disability and the burden of malnutrition
  2. Types of nutrition studies - strengths and weaknesses
  3. Healthy dietary patterns and dietary assessment tools
  4. Metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates
Week 2
  1. Components of a whole food plant-based diet
  2. How to ensure a whole food plant-based diet is nutritionally complete
  3. Plant-based diets for pregnancy and children
  4. General overview of the benefits of a plant-based diet for health
  5. Plant-based diets for the prevention and treatment of diabetes

 

Week 3
  1. The role of plant-based diets in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease
  2. Plant-based diets in chronic renal failure
  3. The role of plant-based diets in preventing and treating obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Week 4
  1. The role of plant-based diets for cancer prevention, recurrence and survival
  2. The role of plant-based diets for prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases
  3. The impact of diet on mental health and well-being and impact of plant-based diets
  4. How to facilitate behaviour change through coaching
Week 5
  1. The role of diet and exercise in maintaining musculoskeletal health and preventing osteoporosis
  2. The impact of diet and nutrition on Women's health, including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, menstrual disorders and menopause
  3. The role of diet and lifestyle in preventing dementia and frailty
Week 6
  1. A review of UK and international dietary guidelines - strengths and weaknesses
  2. Popular diet patterns, including 'Paleo' and 'low-carb'
  3. Plant-based diets for athletes
  4. The impact of diet on environmental health and sustainable farming for a plant-based world

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

The normal fee is £350
You will receive joining instructions via email within 10 days of the start date.

For information about staff and student discounts please contact the department administrator plant-basednutrition@winchester.ac.uk

Total Cost | £350

Key course details

Duration
6 weeks
Location
Distance Learning only