Food is a universal language – everybody eats! Like most languages, food also varies from region to region. Learning about culture, health behaviors, social determinants of health, and the integration of food in a society provides students an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of public health.
The goals for this course are to introduce students to the role of food and nutrition in society and culture. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of nutritional as a scientific, social, behavioral, and public health construct. During the course, students will experience the local nutritional scene in Dingle, Ireland. The exploration will include food markets, culinary venues, and review of national and local policies. Through experiential learning, students will gain understanding regional food production as it relates to food tourism and shaping the nutritional environment. Students will also learn how the built environment influences food choice and physical activity, and how the environmental differences between US and Dingle support or hinder healthy lifestyles
The course is open to graduate students and undergraduate students and as an MPH course, is not restricted to any specific major nor college.