Plant-Based Nutrition


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  • online
  • on demand



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Who should attend

  • Medical, nutritional, and other health professionals
  • Anyone seeking to improve their personal health

About the course

This revolutionary online certificate program will help you understand the importance of diet and nutrition for your life. Created by eCornell and the Center for Nutrition Studies with over 20 experts (MDs, PhDs, RDs, RNs), the courses provide research and perspectives to emphasize why following a plant-based diet is optimal for health—including the prevention and reversal of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Through three two-week online courses, you’ll have the opportunity to examine historic and contemporary research, learn the steps for practical application in your life, and be better prepared to engage in productive conversations with friends, colleagues, clients, or patients about the science behind plant-based nutrition. The foundation of the program is based on Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s lectures, experience and decades of research.

Over the course of his career, Campbell has participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, authored 300+ research papers, and been awarded 70+ grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding. He co-authored the worldwide bestselling book The China Study and authored the New York Times bestsellers Whole and The Low-Carb Fraud. Several documentaries feature his research, including Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, and PlantPure Nation. He continues to share evidence-based information on health and nutrition whenever given the opportunity and has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world.


Nutrition and Society

In this course we examine the troubled state of health in America, identify how scientific theories take shape, and differentiate between reductionist and “wholistic” perspectives in nutrition. You will be introduced to basic nutrition concepts and discover how food policy and politics affect diet and health choices. You will also learn how industrial food production impacts the environment. Lastly, you’ll examine evidence-based principles on the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet and consider nutrition from an expanded perspective: That is, nutrition as a symphony of complex interactions, rather than the result of individual nutrients and mechanisms. This course includes:

  • Nine activities
  • Three quizzes
  • One required discussion
  • Two optional discussions
  • Downloadable transcript
  • Readings

Diseases of Affluence

In this course we are introduced to the China Project, the most comprehensive study of diet, lifestyle, and disease ever conducted. We take a closer look at diet’s crucial link to chronic diseases worldwide, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Lastly, we investigate the scientific evidence supporting a whole food, plant-based diet’s ability to prevent and even reverse these chronic diseases. This course includes:

  • One activity
  • Four quizzes
  • Two required discussions
  • One optional discussion
  • Downloadable transcript
  • Readings

Plant-Based in Practice

In this course, we focus on personal behavior and the tools that support positive lifestyle change. We analyze several popular diets and compare them to a whole food, plant-based diet. We then discuss the practical application of this lifestyle, including its role in raising a healthy family, improving athletic performance, and ensuring a lasting change. Much of this application includes dispelling popular myths—that children require dairy, that athletes require supplementation, etc. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and confidence to take control of your health and help others do the same. This course includes:

  • Five activities
  • Two quizzes
  • Three required discussions
  • Downloadable transcript
  • Readings

Key course takeaways

  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eight principles of nutritional health
  • The role nutrition plays in chronic disease
  • Impact of a whole food plant-based diet on weight loss and weight management
  • Common topics of concern to athletes including supplements and protein consumption
  • The psychological reasons we are drawn to unhealthy foods
  • How government and industry can affect dietary choices and the environment
  • The importance of healthy eating practices for child development and maternal health
  • Trend diet topics including: gluten-free, low-carb, vegan, paleo, etc.

What you'll earn

  • Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell
  • 30 Continuing Professional Education Credits for Dietitians (CPEUs)
  • 2 Professional Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for National Strength and Conditioning Association members
  • 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (CMEs)
  • 30 Nursing Contact Hours (CNEs)
  • 30 Hours Pharmacy CE (CPEs)


Colin Campbell

T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been dedicated to the science of human health for more than 60 years. His primary focus is on the association between diet and disease, particularly cancer. Although largely known for the China Study--one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever co...

Thomas Campbell

Medical Director, University of Rochester Weight Management and Lifestyle Center | Medical Director, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Dr. Campbell is a board-certified family physician. Thomas is executive director of a nonprofit organization in Ithaca, NY partnering with eCornell ...

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