How to Get Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition

If you’re like me, you’ve stumbled upon the growing body of research which suggests that a plant-based diet might actually be the best one for optimal health (not to mention for saving the environment and billions of animals per year)! You’ve adopted a flexitarian, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle and love to share this passion with others.

Even more, you hope to somehow integrate this new nutritional philosophy into your career – but where to begin? Traditional dietetics and nutrition programs in universities around the world seem to be based on the traditional food pyramid, supported by the current industrial food complex. How to break out of the system and train yourself to be one of the leaders, educators, or entrepreneurs of the plant-based movement?

“Heart disease, diabetes and obesity can be reversed by a healthy diet… the diet that has time and again been shown to reverse and/or prevent these diseases is the same whole foods, plant-based diet that I found to promote optimal health.”

― T. Colin Campbell, The China Study

eCornell’s Plant Based Nutrition Certificate Program

I have good news for you! Right now, from the comfort of your own home, you can sign up for the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate Program from eCornell (a subsidiary learning organization of the Ivy League Cornell University in Ithaca, New York). In just 6 weeks, with a time commitment of only 4-6 hours per week,  you can complete this online course and receive a professional qualification from one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The 100% online course is led by two of the brightest minds in the field of plant-based nutrition, T. Colin Campbell PhD, and Thomas Campbell, MD.

In the video blog, T. Colin Campbell introduces the program to you:

“At this point, any scientist, doctor, journalist, or policy maker who denies or minimizes the importance of a whole food, plant-based diet for individual and societal well-being simply isn’t looking clearly at the facts. There’s just too much good evidence to ignore anymore.”

― T. Colin Campbell, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

In the course, you’ll study Nutrition and Society, Diseases of Affluence, and how to Apply the Whole Food, Plant-based Lifestyle. The total cost of the plant based nutrition certificate program is $1,260, and you’ll gain 30 ECTS which can be used towards other degree programs, such as nursing, pharmacy, and dietetics.

Whether you’ve just finished high school, are already in the middle of a degree program, or are looking for continuing education opportunities, a plant based nutrition certificate might be just the right thing for you!

What can you do with a certificate in plant-based nutrition? I can think of a few options! You could work as a:

  • Chef or cook
  • Nutritionist/Dietitian
  • Wellness Coach
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Doctor or Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Alternative Medicine Practitioner
  • Food Educator or Teacher
  • Plant-Based Blogger
  • Plant-Based Food Advocate
  • Public Health Worker

Can you think of any other ideas? What would you do with a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition?

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