Nutrition Science

Inform your ability to provide sound nutritional guidelines


8 weeks, online
(excl. orientation)


8-10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Flexible learning through
weekly modules

On completion of this course, you'll walk away with:


An understanding of the relationship between food and nutrition, and the foundational science involved in developing nutrition plans for different individuals and contexts.


The ability to interpret nutritional research through informed knowledge of fats and carbohydrates, supplements, diet fads, the effects of sugar, and the importance of protein.


certificate from the Stanford Center for Health Education, a part of Stanford Medicine, differentiating yourself in the medical and wellness industries.

Course curriculum

The following modules contribute to the holistic approach your learning path takes:

Module 1 Nutrition guidelines: Science versus politics
Learn about nutrition science and the establishment of nutritional guidelines.

Module 2 The role of macronutrients: Carbohydrates
Learn the fundamentals of carbohydrates and apply these to a balanced diet.

Module 3 The role of macronutrients: Fats
Learn the fundamentals of fats and apply these to a balanced diet.

Module 4 The role of macronutrients: Proteins
Learn the fundamentals of proteins and apply these to a balanced diet.

Module 5 Calorie balance in context
Learn the fundamentals of calorie balance and the effect an individual's context plays in maintaining it.

Module 6 The role of micronutrients: Vitamins
Learn the fundamentals of vitamins and apply these to a balanced diet.

Module 7 The role of micronutrients: Minerals
Learn the fundamentals of minerals and apply these to a balanced diet.

Module 8 Health, disease and nutrition
Learn the fundamentals of a good diet and how health and disease relate to them.

Optional Module A Pediatric nutrition
Learn the fundamentals of pediatric nutrition and how to address malnutrition and obesity in early childhood.

Optional Module B Special topics in adult malnutrition
Learn about common adult malnutrition conditions, nutrition in the context of specialized care, and malnutrition in older adults.

Academic Director

Prof. Christopher Gardner

Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center
Director of the NIH/NHLBI Postdoctoral Training Program at SPRC
Director of the Clinical Translational Core of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center

Christopher Gardner is the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, where he is renowned for his work in nutrition and obesity, particularly through the use of human randomized trials. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in nutrition science in 1993.

He also holds positions as a member of the Cardiovascular Institute, Maternal and Child Health Research Institute, Stanford Cancer Institute, a Faculty Fellow of Stanford ChEM-H, and as an Affiliate of Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

An online education that sets you apart

The Stanford Center for Health Education is collaborating with online education provider, GetSmarter, to create a new class of learning experience – one that is high-touch, intimate, and personalized for the working professional. Join a growing community of global professionals who have already benefited from the opportunity to:


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time


Enjoy a personalized, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones

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