The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of Monash University has developed an on-line course for health professionals, mainly nutritionists and dietitians, interested on improving their nutritional genomics knowledge.
As lab based scientists, we rarely communicate the findings of our work in nutritional genomics direct to the lay public. The ever increasing number of direct-to-consumer testing kits has meant that healthcare professionals, such as dietitians and nutritionists, are getting asked questions about “what to eat because of their genes?”. However, many of these professionals have not studied genetics and have low levels of confidence (Collins et al. 2013).
Monash University offers an on-line short course covering a range of topics of nutritional genomics and how it relates to dietetic and nutrition practice.
The course will consist of 5 topics presented over 5 weeks and it runs twice a year. It is expected that each topic will take approximately 4-6 hours to complete, with additional time allowed to complete course work. Participants can log on at any time during the specified week to complete learning activities.
The course is aimed to nutritionists and dietitians (not academics) as well family doctors and nurses that wish to improve their understanding of genetics, nutritional genomics and the possible implications for their patients.
There is a fee of 450 Australian dollars