Precision Nutrition Certificate for Online MPH Students

Every person is unique. Precision nutrition is an approach to developing more targeted and effective diet interventions based on an individual’s personal characteristics. 

What if your individual genetics, or even the bugs that live in your gut, could unlock the secret to your perfect diet? What if we could positively influence biochemical pathways with the proper foods? Would you change your diet?

- Susan Aaronson, Lecturer, Nutritional Sciences

Precision nutrition attempts to answer the question “What should you eat to stay healthy?” Researchers analyze everything they can about you -- your race, weight, genetics, gender, lifestyle, and more -- to try to come up with a meal plan to help curb disease. Emerging technologies including genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, and microbiome analyses will be used to help students understand individual responses to food.

Students will gain an increased understanding of how individuals interact with their environment relating to food, differently depending on their genetics, lifestyle and other personal characteristics and life factors. Students will critically evaluate the current literature to determine the effectiveness and value of novel techniques (e.g., stool analysis, 23andme) being used in the field.

Susan Aaronson, lecturer in Nutritional Sciences, is the faculty lead for the Precision Nutrition certificate program. In the following video, Aaronson shares what students can expect to gain from this certificate program and offers his insights on the importance of the skills they’ll develop.


Must be an enrolled graduate student in the Population and Health Sciences online Master of Public Health degree program.

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