Eat Your Heart Out: How Food Impacts Health

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July 22, 2019 - August 02, 20197/22 - 8/02M-F 9A-11:30A and TWTh 1P-2:30POpenTayla Ash

Course Description

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.

Have you ever wondered about how the food you eat impacts your body? The internet, your friends, family, and the media may all tell you different things, but what does the evidence say? Further, what do public health nutrition-based interventions look like and are they effective? In order to answer these questions, you first need a basic understanding of both nutrition and public health.

Nutrition is the study of nutrients in the food we eat, and how these nutrients are used in our bodies and impact our health. Humans need both macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and protein) and micronutrients (various vitamins and minerals) to survive and function well. We will discuss sources, main functions, and deficiency syndromes of each.

Public health is the study of population health, and how disease can be prevented and life prolonged. Both epidemiology (which investigates the distribution and determinants of health conditions) and interventions (designed to positively impact health conditions) are essential components of public health. This course will discuss the importance of each.

We will examine the relationship between the food we eat and both infectious and chronic diseases. We will also learn about public health interventions to combat a range of nutrition related health problems, from micronutrient deficiencies to obesity. You will be introduced to study design and the various ways that diet is often measured.

You will have the opportunity to critique the ways in which nutrition related information is conveyed in the media, prepare group presentations, create an infographic, conduct a dietary assessment, and even design your own public health nutrition intervention!

At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Discuss the broad impact that the food we eat has on our health
- Think critically about the quality of studies and their evidence
- Identify important aspects of successful public health nutrition interventions

Prerequisites: This course does not have any prerequisites.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEPC0802
  • Length: 2 weeks

Program Information

Summer@Brown for English Language Learners

A select group of non-credit courses in the liberal arts and sciences supplemented with English language learning, two weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For University-bound English language learners completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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