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Nutritional sciences elective courses for autumn 2023

Registration for autumn 2023 begins May 5.  If you are seeking an interesting elective focused on a topic related to nutrition, health, culinary arts, or food systems, check out these exciting offerings for autumn 2023.

All course offerings on this list are open to any UW undergraduate student regardless of declared major with some courses prioritized for Food Systems majors. Check MyPlan to review any course restrictions.


NUTR 141 Introduction to Foods (5)

  • Instructor: Anne-Marie Gloster
  • Examines how foods are used by different people and cultures to deliver nutrients and energy. Explores the evolution of the global food supply, food preparation techniques, food patterns, and eating habits as they relate to diets, nutrition, and personal and public health.  
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NUTR 200 Nutrition for Today (4)

  • Instructor: Cristen Harris
  • Examines the role of nutrition in health, wellness, and prevention of chronic disease. Topics include nutrients and nutritional needs across the lifespan, food safety, food security, wellness, body weight regulation, eating disorders, sports nutrition, and prevention of chronic disease. 
  • This course is a prerequisite for almost all 300/400 level NUTR courses.
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NUTR 302 Food Systems: Harvest to Health (5) 

  • Instructor: Jennifer Otten
  • Examines the many facets of the modern food supply from production and processing to distribution, marketing, and retail. Systems approach to food studies considers geopolitical, agricultural, environmental, social, and economic factors along the pathway from harvest to health. Prerequisite: NUTR 200. 
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NUTR 341 Exploration of Multisensory Dining (3)

NUTR 400 Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Seminar (1, max. 4)

NUTR 402 Food Systems Modeling and Analysis (5)

  • Instructor: Sarah Collier
  • Provides a foundation in methods of modeling and analysis used to study food systems. Production, consumption, carrying capacity, food shed analyses, life cycle assessment, system dynamics, and integrated modeling will be addressed. Learn what types of questions are best addressed through modeling approaches, the methods used to conduct food systems models, and the data required to complete the analyses. Prerequisite: NUTR 302 and NUTR 303.  
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NUTR 405 Physical Activity in Health and Disease (3)

  • Instructor: Cristen Harris
  • Impact of physical activity on individual and public health. Overview of physiological adaptations to activity, exercise prescription, exercise epidemiology, and prevention of chronic diseases. Public health recommendations for activity in the U.S. population, and the effects of the built environment on activity. Prerequisite: either BIOL 118 or BIOL 220. 
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NUTR 412 United States Food Systems Policy (5)

  • Instructor: Alissa Bilfield
  • Offers a broad introduction to food and nutrition policies in the United States and their impacts on population health. Real-world controversies and debates used to illustrate policy principles, research tools, and policy analysis. Includes topics on public health nutrition, food policy related to population health, and food security. Prerequisite: NUTR 302.
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NUTR 420 Global Nutrition: Challenges and Opportunities (3)

  • Instructor: Adam Drewnowski
  • Examines global dimensions of malnutrition, its assessment and classification, and global policies and programs to improve nutritional status in developing countries. Emphasizes global consequences of poor nutrition on health, cognition, and development with a focus on the first 1, 000 days from conception to age two.  Prerequisite: NUTR 200. 
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NUTR 490 Special Topics in Nutritional Sciences (3)

  • Instructor: Alissa Bilfield
  • Food Systems Innovation is the topic autumn quarter 2023. Examines emerging issues in nutrition. Reviews the evidence and potential policy implications. 
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April 27, 2023