Educating health care professionals on the importance of proper diets. An online course on nutrition
Two ICSW members, Dr. Savino Sciascia and Winston Gilcrease (Project Director), were part of a team of experts in co-authoring a paper based on a course they co-created focused on nutrition, education, food sustainability, and public health.
Abstract: The majority of university curricula for health professionals does not incorporate courses on human nutrition and its links with human and planetary health. This primarily applies to medical and pharmacy students, who have important counselling roles and are at the forefront of public health. To address this important issue, EIT Food recently launched an online course on nutrition, health, and sustainability. Learners were able to provide feedback on the course through an end-of-course survey and social interaction on the FutureLearn platform. The course was very well attended worldwide and received positive feedback from learners. A total of 3,858 students enrolled in the program, from >20 countries. Learners reported inadequate training on nutrition in their own curriculum and indicated they would use key insights from the course to inform their own practice. This report provides insights from the course, which could be used as guidance for future initiatives.