I love to learn. I don’t like paying student loans. So I’m loving the trend toward massive open online courses, or MOOCs. I have been taking classes on Coursera for about a year, covering topics such as film, health, design, and more. I’m currently enrolled in a bunch of nutrition and health-related classes that I’m hoping to find helpful on my journey, and might be for you, too!
Knowledge truly is power, and it helps me feel like I’m in control to constantly be educating myself on diabetes and nutrition.
Here is my current course load:
Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
UCSF, currently in week 2, but you can still sign up through Sunday
This course covers the basics of normal nutrition for optimal health outcomes and evidence-based diets for a variety of diseases. Weekly topics cover a particular disease, from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. I took this class last year, and I’m back for a refresher.
The Science of Gastronomy
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, starts 3/14
This class covers the science behind food preparation, cooking methods, and generally, the enjoyment of food. Considering that I wanted to pursue a Masters in Gastronomy in a past life, this one sounds like pure fun to me.
Buddhist Meditation in the Modern World
University of Virginia, starts 3/17 changed to 1/19/15
This course explores the history and traditions of mediation and Buddhism, the scientific research behind it, and its modern applications. As a huge proponent of daily meditation, I’d love to learn more about the science that backs it up.
Diabetes – A Global Challenge
University of Copenhagen, starts 3/24
From one of the top universities on the subject, this class covers the latest in diabetes research. Geared toward medical students, I’m sure it’ll be on the technical side, but I’m up for the challenge.
The New Nordic Diet – From Gastronomy to Health
University of Copenhagen, starts 4/7
Having never heard of the New Nordic diet, I was immediately interested. The course description states: The New Nordic Diet is a new food culture which emphasizes gastronomy, health, and environment. This course presents the scientific background of the New Nordic Diet, the world’s largest research project into adult and child health and well-being, and will help you better understand the global challenges such as obesity and obesity-related diseases.
Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health
University of Pittsburgh, starts 6/16
This is another nutrition class, but includes the important addition of physical activity.
Have you ever taken an online class?