Our plant-based nutrition courses are based on the groundbreaking nutrition research of Cornell Professor Emeritus T. Colin Campbell, PhD and other leading experts in the field including Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Doug Lisle and more. Courses are designed for individuals seeking to improve their own personal health, as well as for medical, nutritional, and health education professionals who want to enhance their skills and education. Currently our Plant-Based Nutrition certificate through eCornell is approved for a variety of continuing education credits.

What we cover

The Center for Nutrition Studies considers nutrition to be the premier biomedical science, and our classes approach nutrition as a science. Although there are many traditions and philosophies that propose social, political, environmental, ethical, and religious reasons for not eating animals or animal products, our goal is to help students learn how to evaluate nutrition-related messages on the strength of the scientific evidence behind them. We hope students will find compelling scientific concepts and evidence to shape their ideas and approach to eating.

Nutrition can be an emotional topic

Nutrition can be a controversial and emotional subject. Everyone has to eat, and what we choose to consume every day is a highly personal matter, connected with our beliefs, traditions, values, politics, families, cultures, and religions—as well as the resources available to us. Many people regard food preparation as an art form; it’s championed by famous chefs and celebrated around the world. At the same time, many people are concerned about their weight and their health, and various experts propose contradictory philosophies about how to lose weight and stay healthy. What we eat is also related to how and where food is produced, and many authors have written about the social and political impact of food choices. Indeed, for many of us, what we eat is closely tied up with our sense of who we are. Our intention for our courses is to explore scientific information while remaining sensitive to these issues.

Who should enroll?

Any member of the general public interested in improving their quality of life, this information could save your life!

  • Parents – start your kids in the right direction for health
  • Executives – set an example. Demonstrate how to increase productivity while lowering health care costs
  • Professionals – improving personal health leads to greater success in the workplace
  • Individuals interested in understanding the correlation between our environment and dietary choices – a plant-based diet not only supports a healthy human body, but a healthy ecological system
  • Healthcare and related professionals: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, nutritionists, health education specialists, dentists, massage therapists, chiropractors, psychologists, animal lovers, etc.
  • Athletes and couch potatoes alike will learn about how the food you eat effects your performance
  • From college students to retirees look at the “why” behind the “what” we eat and ”how” it effects us
  • Anyone worried about genes determining their destiny
  • Anyone interested in strengthening their immune system

One of the really great things about this course was how I learned to think in new ways…the difference in the label of being a “vegan” as compared to eating a plant-based diet. I had read The China Study, so I wasn’t sure the course would cover any new material but it did and I can’t wait to move onto the next course.

Cindy J.