Online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Sciences

Online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Sciences at Colorado State University

This certificate will serve to enhance the skill set of various healthcare professionals and the public.

Courses include:

FSHN 530: Principles of Nutrition Science and Metabolism (3)—Spring, Summer, Fall:
This course will provide students with advanced knowledge in the science of nutrition, including the ingestion and digestion of food, the absorption, transport, and metabolism of macro and micronutrients, energy balance and bodyweight regulation, and relationships to health and risk of disease. Students will learn about the structures, functional roles, and metabolic regulation of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins during conditions of fasting, feeding, and exercise, as well as the role of vitamins and minerals in cellular and whole body homeostasis. This first course will serve as a prerequisite for FSHN 531 and 532. Coming Fall 2017, Register Now at:

FSHN 531: Diet, Nutrition, and Chronic Disease (3)—Spring:
This course will allow students to explore current research relating diet and lifestyle choices to the prevention of various health conditions. The main topic areas include obesity, digestive health, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Students will learn about diet and lifestyle factors that increase or decrease risk of these conditions, evaluate evidence, and compare strategies for prevention. Coming Spring 2018.

FSHN 532: Emerging Issues in Nutrition (3)—Fall:
This course will encourage students to investigate emerging areas of research and controversial issues in the field of nutrition, particularly as they relate to health promotion. Areas of focus include micronutrients and supplements, sports nutrition, food safety, food technology, national and international food systems, nutrition and aging, and nutrigenomics. Learners will engage with current research on each topic, and debate controversial areas of nutrition. Coming Fall 2018.

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michelle Milholland

Michelle Milholland, M.S., R.D.N
Michelle is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and instructor in Food Science & Human Nutrition at Colorado State University. She has professional experience in clinical nutrition, nutrition coaching, community nutrition, nutrition education, and online curriculum development. Her primary interests include health promotion, chronic disease prevention, and best practices in online education. She has been teaching nutrition courses online since 2011.

James Peth

James Peth, M.S., M.P.H., Ph.D. Candidate, CSU-Provost-Teaching Fellow (2013-2015):
James is an instructor in Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University. His academic background is exercise science, nutrition, physiology, biomedical sciences, and public health. His main interest is the role of nutrition in prevention of chronic diseases. His current focus is discipline-based education research in nutritional sciences, and he recently completed a mixed-methods research project to systematically evaluate and redesign undergraduate nutritional science courses at Colorado State University.

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