Contemporary Issues in Foods and Nutrition

Online course (August 2013) Contemporary Issues in Foods and Nutrition (NUTR5997)


During the first semester of academic year 2013-2014, the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics of the College of Natural Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus is pleased to inform that the course NUTR 5997 – Contemporary Issues in Foods and Nutrition will be offered online by our very own Dr. Schelske Santos. This online course will provide the opportunity to discuss and debate contemporary issues in foods and nutrition according to current trends and health priorities. Emphasis will be made on critical analyses of the scientific literature and public concerns related to each specific topic such as: Diet, Nutrition and Cancer; Nutrigenomics; Food Insecurity and Disease Risk; Genetically-Modified Foods; and Food Defense. The two (2) credit course will be fully online (30 hr), and the pre-requisite is written permission of the professor. This is an upper level course, so upper preparation in human nutrition or human life sciences is expected.


This is an excellent option for current students to take an interesting and innovative elective course! This is also a nice option for dietetics interns or current nutrition professionals who would like to continue exploring contemporary nutrition topics outside the formal classroom or conference settings. We have submitted the course to the Board of Nutritionists and Dietitians of Puerto Rico for approval as continuing education credits for Nutritionists and Dietitians, and will keep you posted upon approval.


The course Contemporary Issues in Foods and Nutrition will be offered through Nutrition Live at UPRRP. This project, funded by USDA NIFA Award 2011-38501-30578, is administered by the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, which has previouslyoffered online courses such as NUTR4075 – Management of Food Service System, NUTR4198 – Research Methods in Nutrition, and NUTR4165 – Clinical Dietetics.


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