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Food as Medicine

Monash University via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Nutrition & Wellness
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 3 weeks long

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Overview

How can we use food as medicine?

This course introduces the concept of food as medicine. You will explore how food can be important both in preventative health and as an aid in the management of certain chronic diseases today, in the past and in the future. You will also learn about what’s in food that gives it the potential to improve our health and how to recognise which types of foods are essential for health and wellbeing, and how food can play an important role in treating/preventing disease.

This course will have broad general interest appeal to everyone interested in food, nutrition and health. But it will be of particular interest to healthcare professionals who are looking to have more evidenced-based information, to assist them in providing food-based recommendations to their patients.

AfN Certified Course

This course has been certified by the Association for Nutrition. It meets AfN standards for nutrition training of individuals working at Level 1 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). What does AfN Certification say about this course - please visit the Association for Nutrition website.

Please note completion of this course does not lead to registration on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists nor does it equip any individual to practice ethically as a nutritionist.

BDA Endorsed Course

BDA endorsement applies only to the educational content of the learning activity. Completion of this course does not provide you with qualifications to practice as a nutritionist or dietitian.

Taught by

Helen Truby

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Food as Medicine
4.4 Based on 40 reviews

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Linda S
5.0 10 months ago
by Linda audited this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Informative, accessible, well-designed class that takes into account likely levels of student knowledge and preconceived opinions without pandering to them. Monash, of course, is the premiere research institution on the topic of FODMAPs, and their deep expertise in nutrition is evident. They also do a nice job offering supplemental reading material for people who wish to dive a bit deeper. And FutureLearn, of course, is a platform particularly well-suited to student discussions and supplementary material, allowing students to complete the course taking very little time each week, or spend more time and have a more engaging and deeper experience.
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Jan
5.0 2 years ago
Jan completed this course.
Food as Medicine is an excellent short course. It contains interesting information at just the right depth that will provide stimulation to learn more. Anyone interested in the field of nutrition could use this course as a great introduction and overview.
14 people found
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course was balanced and evidenced based. It provided me with much more information on a broad range of topics about how to improve both my health, and the health of my family. Thank you to the team that created the MOOC, as I thoroughly enjoyed it!
9 people found
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Julia Y
4.0 2 years ago
by Julia completed this course.
I'd love to give the course a 5 star review but the sub-titles were frequently inaccurate and on one video clip they were completely out of sync which, for someone without English as a mother tongue could have been confusing. (Happy to proofread for free guys :)

I also think that some of the science could have been explained better, it was ok for me because I have a science/tech background but perhaps others may struggle, especially with the genetics section

But a good course and very worthhile

Thank you FutureLearn and Monash Uni

3 people found
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. The range of topics covered stimulated thought re foods eaten on a number of levels. The title

Food as Medicine reinforces the fact that what you eat shapes your body and how well it functions or doesn't function and basically replaces/reduces the need of conventional medicines.
5 people found
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Superb organised and in layperson's language, with fantastic supporting documentation and articles. A huge enterprise, greatly appreciated.

I wish only that you would talk briefly about lipoedema, even if just to define it and tell students to find resources only and talk to their GPs. It is a condition not well known, and yet a huge tragedy for 1/4 of all women who struggle and punish themselves to lose these diet-and-exercise-resistant fat cells to no avail.

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Carol F
5.0 a year ago
by Carol completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This was a thoughtful and evidence based approach, well presented by a major university. It addressed the food myths and advertising hype, equipping people to understand the place of sound nutrition and healthy eating habits in health and wellness.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Cutting through myth and showing the science to healthy eating and ways in which our food can be our medicine. Great course work and content with engaging educators.
5 people found
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is fantastic. Love it. Great quality of presenters and videos and I love their weekly wrap up videos. I've done a few Monash online courses now on Futurelearn and they are consistently excellent. Highly recommend anything made by the Australian Monash University.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a great course with a variety of topics that were of interest to me. I thought the content was well-structured and professionally delivered. I would recommend it to other people the next time it is offered.
2 people found
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Daniela R
3.0 a year ago
by Daniela is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Great overview over a number of facets on food as medicine. Nothing too in-to-depth though, especially if you already have previous knowledge.
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Learner L
5.0 11 months ago
Learner completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
An excellent course. Very professional with clear, engaging presentations. Just the right amount of information. I definitely eat more vegetables now.
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Desu D
5.0 3 months ago
by Desu completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
*I do not haveany background in nutrition.

I absolutely loved the content in this course. I learnt a lot about food and nutrition. This course improved my quality of life.

Some videos had bad quality, but the presentation and the content was great.

I have to agree that the course was more of introduction to food and nutrition and did not cover "food as medicine" part so much. But I still loved the knowledge from this course.

I like courses that Monash University offers through Futurelearn.
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Anonymous
4.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It is a fruitful general course and let me what is nutrition. I come from Asian and would like to learn how to eat that can maintain the health of my family. As I get older, I do hope it will not fall in prediabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases as it is really common in Hong Kong. I hope to learn more about how to read labeling as well as how to measure the nutrition level of my food taken.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really enjoyed this course, it explained the different sections really well. Gave enough science, but did not bore you with too much details. A lot of detailed downloads that you could look at in more detail if you were interested, and further ideas to explore. Presenters were pleasent, friendly but had the right amount of 'authority'. A good mix of facts, new ideas and even old remedies! well done to the whole team.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really liked the course and the information provided was easy to interpret and understand.

The course was delivered well by all the presenters and the topics were pertinent to lifestyles of today. I will highly recommend this course to friends and will continue to participate in other nutrition and health courses that are offered by Monash & Futurelearn.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really liked being able to get legitimate information from a well known Uni and the course set out in an easy and clear manner. I also enjoyed reading the comments from other students around the world. I encourage Monash to consider other nutrition courses for Future Learn students like myself.
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Anonymous
1.0 12 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I found this course lacked academic vigour. If you need to prove to someone you know something in this area it does give you a certificate, if you pay for it. Else all the material I've covered so far and I'm 1/3 way through can be picked up by reading quality newspapers or general web browsing.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course to be not only informative and interesting but really well constructed by a truly competent team. Anyone would find this course to be most beneficial and in my case I now have a far more useful understanding of what true nutrition is all about.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Well put together and easily accessible, covering a wide variety of nutrition topics. I would recommend to anyone wanting to further education themselves about nutrition, current research and guidelines, and how they can implement food as medicine into their life.
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