#HC-02-53 Food and Mood: Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition

  • Categories Healthcare
  • Duration 10h
  • Total Enrolled 6
  • Last Update January 9, 2021

About Course

Deakin University


Learn how healthy dietary choices can improve your mental and brain health

Poor diet and poor mental health are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. We now know that diet quality is a modifiable factor that is linked to mental and brain health across all stages of our lives.

We will explore how our daily diets may affect our mental and brain health, including the role of our immune system and gut microbiome.

The course will provide research evidence, practical examples, skills development, and collaboration on dietary intake assessment, strategies and resource sharing for dietary change.

What topics will you cover?

  • The relationship between diet/nutrition and mental and brain health
  • Factors influencing diet, nutrition and mental health
  • Dietary styles, behaviours, guidelines and assessment
  • The role of inflammation and gut microbiota for mental health
  • How diet can be optimised for mental and brain health

Who will you learn with?

Tetyana Rocks

Doctor Tetyana Rocks is Research Fellow and Head of Translation and Education at the Food & Mood Centre, Deakin University. Tetyana is Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about public health.



Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka is Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University, and President of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research



Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

What Will I Learn?

  • Describe the relationship between diet/nutrition, and mental and brain health
  • Explain why diet and nutrition are important for mental and brain health.
  • Explore the principles and strategies of dietary change.

Topics for this course

8 Lessons10h

Welcome to Food and Mood?

Meet your teaching team and learning community before self-evaluating what you already know about diet, nutrition, brain and mental health.
Diet and mental health

Defining diet and mental health?

Understand what constitutes and determines diet, nutrition and mental health.

Why we eat what we eat?

Investigate the factors that influence what we eat and the guidelines and assessments used to define and understand diet.

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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Really enjoyed this course. Easy to follow and some great information about healthy eating, gut health and the impact on mental health.

I really enjoyed this training and would love to do more training in relation to gut health and mental illness.

I absolutely LOVED doing this course and learning all about what I should be eating. It has changed me and my life by not only making me change my diet. But also I am so motivated now I am even looking at doing the Diploma in Nutrition now. I can't recommend this future learn course enough.

An excellent course that gave insight into how diet affects our mental and physical health. Very enjoyable.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is designed for anyone with an interest, or with experience of, good or bad mental health.
  • This course will also be of interest to healthcare practitioners working with people with mental and brain health issues or in roles related to diet, nutrition and mental and brain health education.