Natural Nutrition Program: Course Descriptions
NN101 – Fundamentals of Nutrition | 21 hours
The Fundamentals of Nutrition course offers a comprehensive overview of the field of nutrition, which leads to a study and understanding of the link between nutrition and preventive medicine. The course explains the role of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and the importance of water in the diet. It describes how certain dietary habits can undermine our health and offers suggestions for replacing these habits. It looks at the effect of pollution on our health and the health of our planet.
NN101A – Symptomatology | 15 hours
Through a diet of high nutritional quality, we can support life at every stage. This course explains the ten key components of a healthy diet, and leads the student through the changing nutritional needs of various age groups during growth and development. Students learn the health benefits of and basic guidelines for fasting and detoxification.
NN102 – Anatomy and Physiology | 30 hours
This course provides a general overview of the eleven body systems. It covers the structure and shape of the body and its parts, and their relationship to one another. It continues of to the physiological processes by which the eleven systems operate, and the nutritional symptomatology of each system.
NN103 – Symptomatology II | 18 hours
Analyzing symptoms relating to health is a valuable key in defining nutritional deficiencies. In this course the student will learn the significance of symptoms as they relate to each individual. The course will assist the student in relating further learning to individual needs. Fourteen case studies whose format is introduced in this course are required by the end of the program.
NN104 – Preventive Nutrition | 18 hours
The prevention of degenerative diseases is becoming a major objective for many people. The student will learn how specific diets can retard or reverse the major ailments of our time, including arthritis, atherosclerosis, cataracts, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, senility and ulcers. The student will also gain an understanding of the damage caused by free radicals and the benefits of antioxidants. This course addresses these topics through a focus on digestion and elimination.
NN105 – Body-Mind-Spirit, The Connection | 27 hours
In the first part of this course, the student will learn every aspect of orthomolecular practice in the pursuit of mental health. In the second part, the student will discover how to consider and address the mental, emotional and spiritual contributors to disease and healing. Through an understanding of psychology, the human energy field, relationships and intuition, the student will explore a truly holistic way of guiding others towards wholeness. In addition, the journey through this course encourages students to develop their own innate gifts as healing professionals by coming into alignment with their life’s purpose.
NN106 – Fundamentals of Business | 12 hours
The Fundamentals of Business course provides holistic nutrition students with the information necessary to seek gainful employment or to legally set up, market and conduct a thriving private practice. It helps them identify personal and career goals and understand the laws, regulations and codes that govern nutritional consulting.
NN107 – Chemistry and Biochemistry | 21 hours
This course is designed to introduce the student to the subjects of chemistry and biochemistry and requires no previous knowledge of these subjects. This course moves from an explanation of the structure of atoms to complex biological molecules and an explanation of how these molecules function in the body. The knowledge gained in this course will enable the student to read nutritional and health related literature in a knowledgeable manner and to discuss these issues with greater confidence.
NN108 – Cellular Biology | 12 hours
This course provides an overview of the five kingdoms of life, how they developed, what features are common to all kingdoms and what features are different. The student will learn the structure of the animal cell, its metabolism and the different types of cells that make up the human body. DNA and genes will also be addressed.
NN109 – Pathology and Nutrition | 27 hours
This course systematically presents common pathological disorders, stressing their symptoms and underlying causes, and recommending a nutritional strategy where appropriate. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the categories of pathologies and their effect on the major organ systems. The student will also be able to translate pathological terms into common language, recognize specific pathologies from case histories, and make nutritional recommendations based on his/her assessment of a client’s pathologies.
NN110A – Lifecycle Nutrition – Pediatric | 12 hours
The Lifecycle Nutrition – Pediatric course presents information on how to conceive and raise a healthy child in today’s world, a world in which our children’s health is declining at an alarming rate. It provides alternative health care recommendations (such as dietary, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle changes) for the period from pre-conception throughout childhood. The controversial issue of vaccinations (amongst others) is discussed, along with ways to prevent and naturally manage common childhood health conditions such as allergies, food sensitivities, obesity, autism, asthma, ear infections, colds and the flu.
NN110B – Lifecycle Nutrition – Sports | 12 hours
This course provides information on all aspects of the relationship between nutrition and sports performance. It covers topics such as hydration, sports supplements, ergogenic aids, and how to calculate optimal fluid, calorie, carbohydrate, fat, and protein requirements specific to your individual sports and goals. In addition, advice for vegetarian, female, young, and competitive athletes is given.
NN110C – Lifecycle Nutrition – Perspectives on Aging | 9 hours
This course explores in detail the emotional, social, physical and spiritual factors related to healthy aging. The student will learn to recognize the important elements that ensure a rewarding retirement, health in later life, and a dignified death.
NN111 – Eco-Nutrition | 12 hours
This course explores the facts about metal and other elements in food, air and water, and their effects on our health. The student gains insight into both the major causes of pollution and the existing threats to both the Earth’s and the human immune systems. The student will also learn to make food choices that are wholesome and safe for everyone.
NN112 – Allergies | 15 hours
Many physical and psychological problems are related to allergies. This course leads the student to understand what allergy is and how it works in the body, and what steps can be taken to remove the condition permanently in a natural way.
NN113 – Alternative/Comparative Diets | 15 hours
There are elements common to all healthy diets. This course helps the student develop a clear understanding of the many types of diets and both their therapeutic benefits and their potential deficiencies. The student will learn to create diets specific to a client’s needs. The course explores the causes of obesity and individual strategies for weight loss.
NN114 – Nutritional Literature Research | 6 hours
This course teaches the student methods of assessing nutritional literature for credibility, accuracy and political biases. The student will learn to recognize the special challenges of nutritional scientific research. In this course, the student will also learn how to understand the structure and referencing of a journal paper.
Note: Some branches may use different terminology to refer to practicals, for example, practicums, workshops, co-requisites.
In addition to the regular classroom instruction in Natural Nutrition, 50 hours of practicals are mandatory for the student (out of approximately 100 practical hours scheduled throughout the academic year). In these sessions, the student has the opportunity to develop assessment and interview skills essential to his/her success in the field of holistic nutrition. This is done under the supervision of a qualified holistic nutrition professional, through presentation of case studies, role-playing, group studies and lectures by guest speakers. For more information, including sample topics, please visit the ‘Practicals’ page.