The class consists of three courses with each course giving students two weeks to complete the material. Each course has six or seven modules and each module has an introduction, pre-recorded PPT lecture by Dr. Campbell (and a few by guest lecturers like Dr. McDougall and Dr. Esselstyn), which is then followed by a reading, short quiz, and a discussion post which is required most of the time, but optional in a few cases.
The classes had a variety of very interesting students from a cross-section of careers and interests, including a couple practicing doctors, and many helpful and cordial TAs. The lectures and discussions (which were like a forum) were engaging and enriching and, in many cases, eye-opening. It was nice to listen to lectures from the leaders in the field as opposed to reading through their books. I also learned quite a bit from the posts of other students as they all shared how they came to seek more information on this subject.
It turned out to be not only just a class, but also an opportunity to join a growing community of very thoughtful and intelligent people. I feel I gained tremendously from the certificate program, even with my previous interest in the subject, and recommend it to everyone seeking a strongly supported baseline of information about nutrition and health. Several future posts will be based on learnings from this course.
The course is provided by eCornell: