Overview: 

  • Dates: Travel Component: Demember 26 - January 9
  • Course Credit: DHN 318 (3 hour)
  • Program Director: Alison Gustafson
  • This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines who have completed DHN 101 and 212. 

This program brings together the role of the biological processes that influence hunger with the physiological responses to cues in the social and neighborhood environment that influence what people eat. The connection between what people eat and lifelong health consequences of dietary patterns can be seen at the individual, familial and community level. Topics in the course offered will include hunger and satiety, the nutrition transition - how modernization influences the types of food that are available in our communities and taste preferences - food aversions, food marketing, food policy, sustainability, the role of the food environment and nutrition policy.

Holding this course in Australia provides a unique context to explore the differences between the United States in regards to food policies that may seem similar in certain ways and vastly different in others. Australia has a similar food profile yet their policy structure for commercials, advertising and family meals varies relative to their U.S. counterpart. By exploring these topics and visiting communities on the ground, students will begin to appreciate the role that marketing, food availability and policies plays in the shaping of food choices in the U.S.

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