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Critical Analysis of Popular Diets and Dietary Supplements


East Baltimore
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Cheskin, Lawrence

222.641 or equivalent; 140.611-612 or equivalent


Focuses on the dietary supplements and diets purporting to promote health, induce weight loss, or treat specific health concerns are widely used by Americans, which are often minimally regulated. Students apply the tools of nutritional science to a critical analysis of popular diets and supplements. Students explore the following: nutrient analysis, dissecting several example diets and supplements in class discussions, preparing a comprehensive written analysis of a specific diet or supplement of their choosing, and presenting their findings orally.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the complex interrelationships that control appetite and feeding in humans
  2. Critically appraise the scientific literature pertaining to both diets and dietary supplements, and provide an opinion based on the evidence as to whether the diet or supplement is worthy of recommendation
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation, final paper and presentation.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: