Food Is Medicine Series: The Role of Nutrition in Improving Quality of Life

Nutrition in Palliative Care

CSU Shiley

This online, self-paced series gives healthcare professionals an evidence-based understanding of why food is medicine, along with practical skills and strategies for using nutrition to improve health and quality of life at any stage of illness. Written by experts in nutritional science and integrative medicine, this curriculum examines how food choices can improve health, prevent disease, lower medical costs, and boost wellbeing for patients, caregivers, and others.

What You’ll Learn

This series includes two courses that explore the science behind why food is medicine and give an in-depth understanding of how food choices can be used to manage symptoms, support holistic health, and improve quality of life for people with serious illnesses.

What You’ll Earn 

5 continuing education (CE) credits approved by the following accreditation bodies:

  • CEs are provided through California State University San Marcos, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠ designates this activity for a maximum of 5 continuing education credits for the Certified Nutrition Specialist®.

Understanding Food Choices and Chronic or Complex Illness

Learn about the principles of integrative medicine and the relationships between nutrition, health, and disease, as well as the importance of food quality, cultural influences, and how social determinants of health affect accessibility to healthy food options.

The Evidence for Nutrition in Palliative Care

Explore the evidence surrounding nutrition in palliative care, including the potential to improve quality of life; techniques for screening and assessing nutritional status; and how nutritional support boosts wellbeing. This course also highlights how nutrition can address symptoms such as nausea, pain, chronic fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, dehydration, and more.