Thursday, March 21, 2013

Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Coursera

I've been really busy in the last couple of months, on one hand working on a demanding and time consuming project, and on the other taking online courses at Coursera. But it's definitely paying back. Especially the courses. I don't know if you are aware of the opportunities Coursera gives, but if not, I highly encourage you to at least spend a few minutes reviewing the courses offered there. It's free and the quality is superior, as all courses are offered by some of the most prestigious universities in the world. When I first discovered it, I felt like a child in a candy shop, with all the candies given to me for free. I wanted to enroll in almost all the courses, and I signed up for more than I could manage. Which resulted in un-enrolling from all that didn't meet my expectations or weren't first or second priority.
What I want to talk in more details about is one course, which was a pure joy
to take part in, and namely: Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

I'd like to start reviewing the course by sharing my excitement of all I've learnt about nutrition, body functioning and the direct dependency between the food we consume and our health. I've been long interested in the topic, and this course was all I had expected it to be and more. My only regret is that it was 6 weeks only. But I hope that this professor will have other classes and that I will be able to take those too.

That's what was promised to be delivered by the course, and all promises were fulfilled:

"At the conclusion of this course, students will have the ability to:
  1. Understand correlations between nutrition, diet, and conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and gastrointestinal disorders;
  2. Explain what constitues a healthy, balanced diet that promotes health;
  3. Understand and recommend evidence-based practices for nutrition;
  4. Interpret data and research linking diet with disease prevention and health promotion;"

Here is what we covered during the 6 weeks:

Week One: Introduction to Nutrition Science

Week Two: Heart Disease

Week Three: Diabetes

Week Four: Cancer

Week Five: Obesity and Weight Management

Week Six: Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract

The course format included video lectures, quizzes, in-video quizzes, writing assignments.
The overall passing grade for this course was 70%, and I'm happy to tell you that my grade was 92.9%:

I'd like to finish this review with a strong recommendation to everyone who's interested in improving health condition and disease prevention: take this course when it's again offered! The value you get out of it exceeds multiple times the resources you allocate while taking it!

Hope you'll enjoy it at least as much as I enjoyed it!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing that! I'm definitely signing up for the next edition!

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