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 undermine our health and provides suggestions for overcoming these habits. It looks at the effect of pollution on our health and the health of our planet.
NN101A Nutritional Symptomatology I | 15 hours
Through a diet of high nutritional quality, we can support life at every stage. Nutritional Symptomatology I explains the ten key components of a healthy diet and discusses 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 & Physiology | 30 hours
Anatomy and Physiology gives a general overview of the eleven body systems, explaining the structure and shape of the body and its parts as well as the relationship among them. This course covers the physiological processes by which the eleven systems operate.
NN103A Nutritional Symptomatology II | 24 hours
Analyzing symptoms relating to health is valuable in identifying nutritional deficiencies. In this course, the student will learn to relate an individual’s symptoms to the health of the gastrointestinal tract as the foundation of their overall well-being, and develop programs to address the client’s main health concerns. Ten case studies are required by the end of the program.
NN103B Motivational Interview Skills | 10.5 hours
Students will learn to use the principles and core skills of ‘Motivational Interviewing’ to facilitate behavior changes in clients seeking nutritional consultation. Developing skills to support and guide clients managing health conditions, whose outcomes depend on lifestyle and behavior changes, is key to helping others greatly improve their health and wellbeing.
NN104 Preventive Nutrition | 12 hours
The prevention of degenerative diseases and health disorders is becoming a major objective for many people. This course provides information on the causes and the tools to help greatly reduce the risk of developing many degenerative diseases, by addressing digestive, cardiovascular, cognitive and inflammatory health disorders.
NN105A Body-Mind-Spirit – The Connection to the Mind | 12 hours
Students will learn to recognize the various forms of, and nutritional deficiencies associated with, mental illness, and identify the essential food elements necessary for optimal brain health. They will also discover natural ways to help reduce stress and anxiety, and recognize common learning difficulties in children, as well as ways to help reduce the risk of developing them. The effects of malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies in delinquency, addiction, eating disorders, neurological disorders, and dementia will be explored.
NN105B Body-Mind-Spirit – The Connection to the Spirit | 15 hours
In this course, students will discover the connections between physical disease and emotional, psychological and/or spiritual themes, while learning how to integrate these themes into a holistic nutritional practice. This course will help students understand how patterns in our life can affect us, not only on an emotional level, but also a physical one, and how recognizing and healing those patterns can lead to better health.
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 to understand the laws, regulations and codes that govern nutritional consultancy.
NN107 Chemistry & Bio-Chemistry | 21 hours
The Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry course is an introduction to the subjects of chemistry and biochemistry and requires no previous knowledge of these subjects. The 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 enables students to read nutritional and health related literature in a knowledgeable manner and to discuss the issues with greater confidence.
NN108 Cellular Biology | 12 hours
The Cellular Biology 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 discussed.
NN109 Pathology & Nutrition | 27 hours
The Pathology and Nutrition course presents common pathological disorders systematically, stressing their systems and underlying causes, and recommending a nutritional strategy where appropriate. Upon completion of this course, students are able to describe the categories of pathologies and their effects on the major organ systems. They are able to translate pathological terms into common language. In this course, students will learn to recognize specific pathologies from case histories and make nutritional recommendations based on their assessment.
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 to childhood. The controversial issue of vaccinations (amongst others) is discussed, along with ways to help prevent and naturally manage common childhood health conditions such as allergies, food sensitivities, obesity, autism, asthma, ear infections, colds and flu.
NN110B Lifecycle Nutrition – Sports | 12 hours
This course provides scientifically-based, well-researched information on the relationship between nutrition and sports performance. It covers topics such as how food is used for energy, the importance of each macronutrient (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) in fueling an athlete, proper hydration, sports supplements, and ergogenic aids, as well as how to calculate optimal caloric and macronutrient requirements specific to individual athletes and their goals. In addition, recommendations for vegetarian, female, younger, older, and competitive athletes, respectively, will be discussed.
NN110C Lifecycle Nutrition – Perspectives On Aging | 9 hours
This course presents well researched information designed to teach us how to live extended and fulfilling lives. Specifically, it emphasizes 3 tools known to promote longevity and health: (1) a simple, wholesome diet, (2) a daily exercise routine, and (3) the cultivation of strong, loving personal relationships.
NN111 Eco-Nutrition | 12 hours
Eco-Nutrition explores the facts about metal and other elements in food, air and water and their effect on our health. Students gain insight into both the major causes of pollution and the existing threats to both the Earth’s and human immune systems. Students 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 students to understand what allergy is, 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. The Alternative/Comparative Diets course helps students develop a clear understanding of the many types of diet as well as their benefits or deficiencies. Students 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
The Nutritional Literature Research course teaches students methods of assessing nutritional literature for credibility, accuracy and political biases. Students learn to recognize the special challenges of nutritional scientific research. In this course, students 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.