Human Nutrition and Health
The science behind modern nutrition
The UConn Pre-College Summer course in Human Nutrition and Health is an introduction to the field of nutritional science. During the week we will discuss how the human body turns food into energy, whether there is any scientific evidence supporting fad diets, and how nutrition and health are linked. We will have in-class activities, short video-clips, and lively discussions about how nutrition (and the science of nutrition) plays a role in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. There will also be hands-on lab experiences.
We will also discuss:
- The methods of nutritional science including epidemiology, human nutrition studies, and molecular nutrition/nutrigenomics
- The impact of nutritional science in society
- Food culture and security
This course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in nutrition, food science, medicine, public health, social justice, or any career in the health sciences. Careers opportunities in the field of human nutrition will be provided.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences also offers a Pre-College Summer course “Food Science and Technology”, which is closely related to this course.