Loma Linda University are going to be offering plant-based nutrition at their School of Public Health as part of the Nutrition Ph.D, and it’s the only one of its kind in Southern California. It will be led by Sujatha Rajaram, Ph.D, and is a research based course, replacing the DrPH (doctor of public health) in nutrition.

This course is advised for people who want to pursue a career in the health sector, research, academia and nutrition, and it will be available from the autumn semester. The course will also teach students about diet and the relationship it has with disease.

An outline of the course states that it will cover: Nutritional epidemiology studies relating plant based diet patterns to health outcomes and longevity, several clinical trials with plant food intervention and health outcomes, vegetarian nutrition education research and environmental impact of plant-based diets compared to animal inclusive diets.

The university has had an association with teaching about the benefits of a plant-based diet for many years, and the school was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist faith, which opened it in the early 20th century who was advocates for meat-free diets for optimum health.

Rajaram spoke to Naked Food magazine, and said that there are always a number of studies on plant-based nutrition and health ongoing at the school, and the university hosts the International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition every five years.

You can find out more about the course and the conference here.

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