Health, food and nutrition don’t just affect individuals. They can have widespread impacts on how entire communities develop and the trust or lack thereof that societies have in how their food is produced. When purchasing food for our families, communities, and ourselves, it is our duty to know where what we eat comes from so that we can make informed decisions. Here are some MOOCs you can take to help make you a more informed citizen and consumer.
Curious as to why we as a globe have managed to eradicate certain diseases but not others? Or how global health trends can affect local communities? Then Introduction to Global Health is for you!
- Started on June 3, so there’s still time to catch up!
- Lasts for 5 weeks
- Covers how globalization affects the health of the world
The Meat We Eat shows you the inner workings of how meat gets from animal to store. Even in the intro video, you’re taken into a slaughterhouse.
- Starts on July 23, runs for 6 weeks
- Option to earn a Coursera Verified Certificate
- Focuses on US meat production processes
You’ll probably enjoy Economic Issues, Food & You if you are an economics buff. But even if you’re not, this course is for anyone who cares about food and money. So probably you.
- Access old materials and go at your own pace
- Covers economic concepts (supply & demand, unemployment, inflation) in terms of food
So far we’ve looked at food and nutrition from the perspective of globalization, production, and economics. Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food looks at it from the angle of psychology and sociology.
- Covers generically-modified foods, poverty, eating disorders, and much more
This is the second in a 2-part series on health. Part 1 covers health on a more global level.