Friedman School Summer Nutrition Institute

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is delighted to announce its first Summer Nutrition Institute, to be held in July 2016. Two week-long courses will be offered, each providing perspectives on nutrition and the role of nutrition in health.

No prerequisites are required for courses. Each course is 20 hours in length provided over one week, with courses running consecutively.

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Who should attend: The courses are designed to be valuable to undergraduate and graduate students, health care trainees and professionals, and others who seek to deepen their understanding of nutrition in health and healthcare.


Course Title: Hot Topics and Controversies in Nutrition

Dates:  Monday July 18 – Friday July 22, 8 am – 12 pm daily

Instructor: Edward Saltzman, MD

Brief Description: Virtually no discipline attracts more public attention or generates more controversies than nutrition.  Healthcare professionals are routinely called upon to provide advice and opinions regarding nutrition and diet, but often are ill equipped.  In this course, the scientific underpinnings of several hot topics or controversies will be explored.  Topics will include the glycemic index, FODMAPS, gluten sensitivity, saturated fat and heart disease, and use of dietary supplements.  For each topic, participants will learn why the topic is hot or controversial, and will gain an appreciation of the current state of scientific evidence as well as gaps in knowledge.  Each topic will be explored from the perspectives of consumers and from healthcare professionals.  The class will engage in debates and group discussions designed to illuminate perspectives of consumers, nutrition professionals and health care providers. Registration for this course is now closed. 


Course Title: A Complex Systems Approach to Healthcare

Dates: Monday July 25 – Friday July 29, 8 am – 12 pm daily

Instructor: Gabriel E. Novick MD, PhD

Brief Description: An understanding of the role of nutrition in healthcare requires an understanding of healthcare systems.  Healthcare related issues, such as the nature of healthcare systems, the social determinants of health, and shifting demographics are multiple, complex and they represent one of the greatest challenges of our time.  In this context only a systemic view can provide the needed perspective to interpret today, and shape tomorrow.  This course will employ a complex system perspective which will allow participants to expand their understanding of health care systems.  It will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health and the role of healthcare access in a wide range of cultures and settings.  The role of nutrition science and nutrition delivery will be examined within this framework.  The course will call for the active participation of all class members through engagement in individual and group activities, debates and discussions. Registration for this course is now closed. 

Costs: The cost for each course is $800. Students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical trainees receive a discounted rate of $600 per course. Participants who register in advance for the first two courses may register for the third at no extra charge.
Refund Policy: Full refunds will be offered up to two weeks before the course starts, with a 50% refund available the week before the course starts. No refunds will be issued during the week of the course.
For further information: Contact Isabel McFall by phone 617-636-2467 or email


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