Holistic Nutrition Certificate Courses

Below is the list of Holistic Nutrition Certificate courses offered at Pacific Rim College.

Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (HNCP/NU101)

This course introduces students to the exciting world of whole foods nutrition and food as medicine. Students explore the attributes of foods and their properties in order to understand what to favour and to avoid in the presence of various pathological syndromes. Students also learn the role digestion plays in nutrition. Dietary philosophies from major medicinal lineages are discussed, including Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. This course begins to build the framework and theory of food as treatment.

Prerequisites: – –    Hours: 45

Evolution of Cultural Diets (HNCP/NU203)

There are as many dietary traditions around the world as there are cultures. This course explores some of the most significant, extreme and influential cultural food practices and puts them in perspective for modern therapeutic application. This course examines how traditional and contemporary dietary practices around the world have evolved and been influenced by factors such as geography, environment, social structure, and religion. It also looks at how changing agricultural practices have contributed to changes – both positive and negative – in regional eating habits, and how cultural dietary practices are linked to patterns of health and disease.

Prerequisites: – –    Hours: 45

Materia Medica of Food (HNCP/NU221)

This course surveys the therapeutic properties of some of the most common and nutrient-rich foods. As with plant materia medicas, much emphasis will be placed on food monographs. 

Prerequisites: – –    Hours: 45

Politics of Food (HNCP101)

The food industry is one of the largest and most powerful in the world. This course examines various positive and negative aspects of the industry, and looks at the environmental impact of the food choices that we make.

Prerequisites: – –    Hours: 15

Food Therapeutics (HNCP104)

Students apply the simple application of digestion and food theory to achieve general balance and prevent and treat various common syndromes such as colds, digestive upsets, inflammation, deficiency illnesses or weight management. Students gain an understanding of how to utilize food as therapy in an individualized manner through Ayurvedic, TCM, and conventional methods of understanding.

Prerequisites: – –    Hours: 75

Herbal Nutrition (NU/WHS116)

Students will learn the basics of herbal medicine and will build relationships with a wide range of medicinal plants, learning botanical descriptions, history and medicinal uses, as well as nutritional value and culinary applications. Students will also learn how to harvest fresh herbs, formulate medicinal teas, tinctures and oils, and how to apply these medicinally and in cooking. The course will include lectures as well as live cooking and product making demonstrations.

* Please note this course is not recommended for Diploma of Phytotherapy students or Community Herbalist Certificate program graduates due to crossover in course content.

Prerequisites: – –    Hours: 45

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