NTN6320EN - Promoting Nutrition within Communities Across the Lifespan

Course description

How should Christians approach the fight against global hunger? Students will explore past and present factors impacting nutrition in modern society. They will investigate how to promote nutrition in the community setting, and among all age ranges. In this seminar course, students will present findings to peers.

How this course benefits students

Why do millions of people still experience hunger and poor health from malnutrition, in a world full of resources? How should Christians approach the fight against hunger? Students will learn about the opportunities and barriers to sustainable nutrition within communities. They will explore the Church’s past and present involvement in community-level nutrition. As elderly, women, and children are often the most at risk for poor nutrition, this course places special emphasis on the nutritional needs to promote health and prevent disease across the lifespan. Students will explore biblical perspectives on hunger and nutrition, and the Social Justice movement.

Why this course is important

The reality is that millions of people in the world go to bed hungry each night. Christians have an obligation to engage in this need, but students need to understand how our role, responsibilities, and methods may differ from secular agencies or social movements. Students will learn practical information regarding nutrition ministries, as well as advocacy for vulnerable populations.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course approaches the concepts of health and nutrition from a biblical perspective. Students will explore biblical perspectives on hunger and nutrition, and a Christian’s role in addressing these topics.

Missionally driven

Health and nutrition concepts are applied with a mission focus to holistically engage the family and community. Students will identify nutrition-related challenges and opportunities for food ministry.

Contextually informed

Course content is contextually informed, specifically related to health and nutrition. The class will include current social, political, and economic considerations related to the nutrition of families and the communities they reside.

Interculturally focused

The student will look at health and nutrition beliefs and practices from various cultures.

Practically minded

Course will provide practical considerations and strategies for addressing health and nutrition within families as a concerned layperson, as well as the community through the church body.

Experientially transformed

Class exercises will lead students to select an age group and community setting as their ‘case’ to reflect on the intersection of health, nutrition, culture, and the community as they relate to health and/or food ministries.