Course in Nutrition, Mediterranean Diet, and Management of Cardiovascular Diseases

General

Program Description

This online course focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases through proper nutrition and the changes that should be made in the diet on the ground of cardiovascular problems and risk factors for them (e.g. hypertension, elevated blood lipids, blood sugar etc.). It is based on the expertise of the University of Athens on health topics and has been operating successfully for the last years, in the Greek language, having so far many graduates.

In this context, the course presents the basic principles of nutrition science (the importance of vitamins, minerals and water, the factors that determine the energy needs), recommendations for a balanced diet and the characteristics of the Mediterranean diet. Additionally, it presents the medical nutrition therapy, possible drug-nutrient interactions, the changes in the diet on the ground of cardiovascular problems and risk factors. At the same time, it describes atherosclerosis and clarifies the role of nutrition in this process.

The present course is included in the health category of our online courses; it runs via a user-friendly educational platform while it is based on the latest dietary recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, plus how they can be applied in practice. Once the participant completes all the units successfully, he/she receives a certificate of specialized training. Please note that you can choose, either having personal educational support during the course or receive the required help from the educational forum you’ll have access to. Each choice comes at a different cost for the applicant.

The programme is offered in two versions:

1) with personal educational support and total cost 1200 €. In that case, e-learners receive full academic support from their personal tutor, share any concerns or anxieties related to the programme and receive relevant academic material.

2) with community educational support and total cost 400 €. In that case, e-learners can pose their questions/ queries in the customized blog for the course. All queries will receive feedback from our academic team.

Max number of applicants to be accepted: 50

Participant Profile

The programme “Nutrition, Mediterranean Diet, and Management of Cardiovascular Diseases” falls into the broader field of clinical nutrition and is addressed to health professionals (medical doctors, nutritionists, dietician’s assistants, nurses, trainers) as well as to the general public.

A High School diploma is considered to be the minimum qualification for the participation in the programme.

Programme Aims

The direction of the programme is dual, as it regards both the prevention of cardiovascular diseases through proper nutrition and the changes that should be made in the diet on the ground of cardiovascular problems and risk factors for them (e.g. hypertension, elevated blood lipids, blood sugar etc.).

The directional axle of the programme is the practical application of the latest dietary recommendations concerning the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, in the context of the program are presented the basic principles of nutrition science (i.e. the importance of vitamins, minerals and water, the factors which determine the energy needs), recommendations for a balanced diet, the characteristics of the Mediterranean diet, indicative diets according to coexistent health problems and possible interactions between drugs and nutrition. Alongside, the process of developing atherosclerosis is shown and the role of nutrition in it is clarified.

Particular emphasis is given to the presentation of the sections with a variety of examples, audiovisual material and practical advice concerning the choice of food and the way of cooking. We believe that aftereffect of the attendance of the program will be the embodiment of the principle of Ancel Keys, one of the pioneers of the designation of the relationship between nutrition and cardiovascular diseases, “eat well, and stay well”.

Last updated May 2019

About the School

The Supplementary Distance Education Programme (E-Learning) of The Center of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in operation since 2001, ... Read More

The Supplementary Distance Education Programme (E-Learning) of The Center of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in operation since 2001, provides distance education programmes that link theoretical and academic knowledge to the practical and applied skills required in their respective professional fields. Read less