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Hormones and Nutrition


In this course students gain a working understanding of the endocrine system and its interaction with diet, lifestyle, and specific nutrients. Recognizing how food and micronutrients affect endocrine balance is key to educating people on how to create and maintain good health. Topics covered in this course include: physiology and anatomy of the endocrine system, blood sugar control, glucocorticoid metabolism, the role of the adrenals and corticosteroid and hormone balance, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis), thyroid function, growth hormone, and more. Students will examine common imbalances and diseases of the endocrine system and how to approach them from a nutrition and lifestyle viewpoint. Health promotion topics focus on designing strategies to support environmental change and evaluation of nutrition education programs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the primary and secondary components of the endocrine system;

  • Evaluate the common illnesses and diseases of the endocrine system;

  • Compare the synergy between the endocrine and other body systems;

  • Analyze research on obesity and hormone imbalance;

  • Evaluate menopausal issues from biological, emotional, and nutritional viewpoint;

  • Explain the role of nutrition, lifestyle, and environment in fertility issues;

  • Assess bone health as a function of hormonal imbalance.

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  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)

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Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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