University of Hawaii at Manoa


FSHN 185 The Science of Human Nutrition

This is a 3-credit beginning level biological science course that integrates basic concepts of science with the study of human nutrition. This course is designed for the person who wants an introduction to nutrition and who may later choose a major in it. No college-level science background is required; rather, the course will provide  elementary aspects of the several biological sciences that are needed. Course content includes information on what nutrients are and what nutrients and foods do for humans; how healthy people can best get the amounts of nutrients and foods they need throughout their lifetime; how people and the environment change foods and their nutrient content; and nutrition issues of current interest.

FSHN 451: Community Nutrition and Nutrition Education

The community nutrition and nutrition education course is a four-credit advanced college course that integrates concepts and methods of nutrition program planning and analysis of nutritional problems of local, national, and international communities, as well as concepts of education and nutrition.  The content of the course will focus on material related to health promotion including Health Services, Epidemiology, Social/Behavioral Science, Determinants of Health, Education and Biostatistics. 

FSHN 491: Topics in Food Science & Human Nutrition

This 1-credit course exposes student to the different methods used for nutrition research.  Using scientific literature, students explore a research question. Students develop skills for searching for scientific literature (Pubmed, Google Scholar, etc), identify common study designs used in the field of nutrition, improve writing skills as a means to understand difficult concepts and a means to communicate and develop critical reading and critical thinking skills.


FSHN 689: Nutritional Epidemiology

FSHN 689 is a 3-credit course that includes dietary, biochemical, anthropometric and clinical methods used for evaluating nutrition and diet in the etiology and epidemiology of disease. Students develop skill in using epidemiologic concepts and methods to examine nutritional aspects of health and disease in populations. They are instructed in design and measurement of nutritional parameters in population-based studies of health and disease and practice evaluating evidence from scientific literature.

FSHN 686: Advanced Child and Adolescent Nutrition

This course covers a range of topics related to nutrition in school-aged children and adolescents (2-18 years of age), with a focus on the Pacific region. These include: nutrition, growth and development in children and adolescents; dietary intake and habits of children/adolescents in the Pacific region; factors influencing dietary intake and implications for health; selected nutrition-related issues, such as childhood obesity and chronic disease risk factors; and nutrition-related interventions implemented in these populations.