Food as Medicine - Food and our Genome

Food as Medicine: Food and our Genome

Should we be eating according to our genes? Is there a DNA diet we should all be following? Are genetic tests helpful when advising patients on diets?  A practical 2 week online course on food and nutrition, and genetics.

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics here at Monash University have developed a flexible online course to help suit the learning needs of busy health professionals. This course aims to provide information to answer those common food and nutrition related questions that you might get in practice regarding genetics.

This two-week course introduces the science of nutritional genomics; from basic genetics, through to nutrient regulated gene-expression, how our genetics may impact nutrient requirements, and practical considerations for healthcare practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the main factors of the human genome
  • Describe how genetics can affect nutritional requirements
  • Explain and provide examples of how nutrients can affect the activity of genes
  • Engage effectively with patients and respond to common nutrition and genetic related questions.
  • List ethical, legal and social issues associated with nutrigenetic testing and discuss how these may affect healthcare practice

Learn from a team of nutrition experts

This course has been designed by a team of experts in food and nutrition and genetics from Monash University. As researchers and clinical health practitioners, they apply the latest research to practical patient care.

General Practitioners and nurses have had input into the content of this course to ensure that it is relevant and useful to healthcare professionals and their practice.

Obtain professional development recognition

This course is recognised by:

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): this activity has been approved/allocated 40 Category 1 points by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium.
  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA): this activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim 6 CPD hours.
  • British Dietetic Association (BDA): endorsement applies only to the educational content of the learning activity
  • Association for Nutrition (AfN): endorsed for CPD

Members of these professional associations will receive additional certification from Monash University, in line with these respective organisations, which provides evidence of ongoing professional development.


This course is designed for healthcare professionals, specifically medical specialists, general practitioners, nurses and nutrition professionals who would like a refresher in this space. It assumes knowledge of science, medicine and healthcare practice.