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: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    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: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    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: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 45

Backyard Gardening (HNCP/WHS121)

In the age of financial uncertainty, gardening skills are a sought after commodity. This comprehensive and practical 30-hour introduction to backyard gardening in the Pacific Northwest will provide beginners with the requisite skills, knowledge, and support to begin their own organic growing projects at home. At the end of the program participants understand plant growth requirements and how to provide them for a variety of annual and perennial plants, including food and medicinal crops; the role of a living soil system in growing healthy plants and know how to feed the soil using organic methods; basic gardening methods, including seeding, planting, watering, mulching, cold protection, pruning and container gardening; the role of beneficial species in suppressing pests and disease and know how to manage common insect, weed and disease problems organically; and how to extend and share the harvest.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 30

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: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 15

Food Therapeutics (HNCP104)

Students 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: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Hours: 90