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Plant Based Nutrition

Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: From £150 – if you’re a Nutritank member please email us before booking on, we are trying to secure a discount!

How will the course work?

This is a fully online, 6-week, distance learning course, facilitated and taught by Dr Shireen Kassam. It will require 5-6 hours of study per week and consists of a combination of written material, pre-recorded lectures, quizzes to test learning and a weekly compulsory discussion on a controversial topic. The course can be worked through in your own time but all the content needs to be completed each week. The discussions will be in written forum. There is no live component to the course.

This course has been accredited for 15 CPD hours by the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM). Eight of these hours can be counted towards the Diploma in Lifestyle Medicine from the BSLM. At the end of the course students will be issued a certificate of completion from the University. This course is open to those in and outside the UK.

What is the content of the course?

The course will start by discussing the main dietary determinants of disease, disability and death, focussing on data from the United Kingdom and comparing with international data sets. It will discuss different types of nutrition studies and common dietary patterns. The course will review the role of nutrition in promoting optimal health and wellbeing. Key components of a healthy plant-based diet will be covered, including nutrients of abundance and those that are notable for their relative absence. There will then be an in-depth review of the scientific literature supporting the role of plant-based nutrition in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This will include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, dementia, obesity, bone health, women’s health and gastrointestinal disorders. In the final week, comparisons will be made with other popular diet patterns, such as ‘low-carb’ and ‘Paleo’ diets, and national and international nutrition guidelines will be reviewed with analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. The connection between our diet choices and the impact on the environment will be explored and a model of sustainable farming will be presented.

Here is a breakdown of the topics covered in each week

Week 1

  1. Dietary determinants of disease and disability and the burden of malnutrition
  2. Types of nutrition studies – strengths and weaknesses
  3. Healthy dietary patterns and dietary assessment tools
  4. Metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates

Week 2

  1. Components of a whole food plant-based diet
  2. How to ensure a whole food plant-based diet is nutritionally complete
  3. Plant-based diets for pregnancy and children
  4. General overview of the benefits of a plant-based diet for health
  5. Plant-based diets for the prevention and treatment of diabetes

Week 3

  1. The role of plant-based diets in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease 
  2. Plant-based diets in chronic renal failure
  3. The role of plant-based diets in preventing and treating obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Week 4

  1. The role of plant-based diets for cancer prevention, recurrence and survival
  2. The role of plant-based diets for prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases
  3. The impact of diet on mental health and well-being and impact of plant-based diets
  4. How to facilitate behaviour change through coaching

Week 5

  1. The role of diet and exercise in maintaining musculoskeletal health and preventing osteoporosis
  2. The impact of diet and nutrition on Women’s health, including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, menstrual disorders and menopause
  3. The role of diet and lifestyle in preventing dementia and frailty

Week 6

  1. A review of UK and international dietary guidelines – strengths and weaknesses
  2. Popular diet patterns, including ‘Paleo’ and ‘low-carb’
  3. Plant-based diets for athletes
  4. The impact of diet on environmental health and sustainable farming for a plant-based world

Nutritank Members gain a DISCOUNT to this course, please email us and we will send you a link to the discounted course, you can now book on the Winchester nutrition course at reduced cost starting may 19th 2020.

(CPD must not be older than three years prior to the exam)

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