Professional Online Diploma in Plant Based Nutritional Science, Culinary Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine
Course Description & Details
Professional Online Diploma
12 Comprehensive Modules : Fully Online Course 6-12 Month Course – 2500 Euro: Estimated: 1000 hours
Individuals who may benefit from the program:
Individuals who hold a qualification in science, or registered dietitians, physicians and other health professionals who desire to apply evidenced base for plant-based diets in their practice, those who want to pursue a plant based business, health educators who want to communicate the health benefits of plant-based eating for health promotion, students motivated to promote sustainable diets, and those interested in lifestyle medicine and plant based nutrition on an advanced level.
By the end of the program, the graduate should be able to:
- Demonstrate grasp of the science of nutrients essential to analyze the role of plant foods in supporting and optimizing human health and longevity
- Employ research skills to interpret data on nutrition and apply it to health promotion and intake requirements across the life cycle
- Develop evidence-based food guidance for plant-centered eating for optimizing health and preventing disease
- Evaluate the impact of plant-based diets on planetary health, ecology and the environment
- Communicate nutrition concepts effectively to individuals and populations
- Demonstrate expert skill in culinary medicine, specifically plant based culinary art
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of lifestyle medicine principles
- Demonstrate confidence in Daoist herbalism principles
- Understand the damaging effects ion sugar and sugar substitutes and demonstrate skill in avoiding use of traditional sweeteners.
Our professional certificate. If you have not already completed the professional certificate course, you will undertake this as part of the diploma program. You will also be required to spend approx 1000 hours with our online content and commit to 12 online private tutoring classes with faculty.
There are no prerequisites for this course, this diploma program covers all foundational information on nutritional science, cell biology, nutritional biochemistry, lifestyle medicine, culinary medicine and culinary art. We do require you to have a passion for the course material and a drive to research on the topics.
Culminating experience (Non-thesis)
The diploma program requires that students complete a culminating research based written and practical comprehensive exam carried out under the supervision of the program faculty online. Students will also present their assignments in an oral presentation to their program faculty online.
Educational Effectiveness Indicators
- Comprehensive examination
- Research and practical assignments
- Virtual presentation of exam
What is Culinary Medicine :
Culinary medicine, a new educational and nutritional approach to improving eating behaviours, which focuses on skills such as food shopping, storage and meal preparation. At Plant Based Academy we adapt and extend upon this new concept of bridging culinary art and nutritional science. Therefore we describe Culinary Medicine as a unique combination of nutrition and culinary knowledge to provide a framework for which to prepare medicinal phytonutrient rich plant based foods in a certain way to ensure maximum nutrient bioavailability whilst enhancing flavour, nutrition and contributing to health outcomes . Hippocrates said Let Food Be Thy Medicine & Medicine Be Thy Food, But actually there is a huge gap between food and medicine and many people do not understand which foods are medicine. Culinary Medicine bridges this gap between food and medicine. Culinary Medicine is medicinal foods inclusive of polyphenols such as flavonoids, Lignans, phenolic acids and stilbenes, terpenes such as thiols, carotenoids, and saponins and polysaccharides such as beta glucans to name just a few of the major phytochemicals required for optimal health and longevity. Culinary Medicine encourages a daily food plan driven by inclusion of these special phytochemicals and abundant in bio available micronutrients and adequate macronutrients.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does the course take?
Our opening promise is ‘become a Plant Based Nutrition Coach, Lifestyle Medicine Coach or Culinary Medicine Coach in 12 month’. This is because for someone who wants to study full time, this is the average length of time it takes to complete the course. However, our diploma is 100% self directed and flexible. You can take 12 months or 3 Months if you like. There are absolutely no time pressures once completed within the 12 Months. Most of our students fit their studies around their full time jobs. They log in and study when they can, and work through it in their own time as their day to day life allows. So it is up to you. Complete the course on your terms at your own pace. No pressure.
What can I do after I graduate?
For us, the easiest question to answer is what can’t you do. Other than that, the World really is yours. Our graduates have built hugely successful coaching businesses, set up community wellness projects, opened cooking schools, opened cafes, gone on to higher education, are working alongside doctors and dieticians in patient support roles, are working in the media, and have written books. It really is only limited by your vision of what you want to achieve from this line of study. We do offer further study too which allows you to become a teacher with Plant Based Academy.
Do I need a science or Culinary background?
Absolutely not. We have designed the teaching materials in a way that anyone from any background can jump straight in and be perfectly comfortable. Our student body ranges from High School students, to health coaches, through to Doctors, Chefs and Dieticians, so everyone can use this material effectively. Also, don’t forget that we have an open door support policy so if you ever get stuck, we are here to help via email, WhatsApp and Skype consultations,