N&D335: World Food Patterns


Nutrition & Dietetics 335: World Food Patterns
EST. time to complete:
3 to 9 Months
$301.00/Credit (No Fees)


Examination the food patterns of selected world population groups considering the effect of social, cultural and economic practices on nutritional values.

World Food Patterns identifies social, cultural, religious, ethnic and personal influences on the food choices of individuals, families and societies. You will learn that differential nutritional status, by making some people more fit than others, has widespread economic, political and social consequences. You also will investigate causes of hunger and under nutrition in developed and developing countries.

The overall goal of the course is for you to begin to examine the food patterns of different cultures considering the impact of social, cultural, religious practices, political influences and economics on the nutrition status of populations.

  • Appreciate food habits of various cultures of the globe.
  • Outline the process involved in forming food patterns of individuals and families.
  • Discuss the social, religious, economic, political and cultural factors which affect food patterns and nutritional status.
  • Appreciate the relationships among availability of food, nutritional status, health and behavior.
  • Appreciate the interrelatedness and inter-dependency of cultures with a special focus on food behavior.
  • Discuss the impact of traditional and changing roles of individuals within a society on the nutritional status of each member of the society.
  • Discuss the effects of increasing population and limited food supply on the environment and the world's population.
  • Begin to question assumptions about people different from themselves.
  • Understand cultural variables to improve interaction and understanding when interacting with others.
  • Implement effective change.

Bryant, C., DeWalt, K., Courtney, A., and Schwartz, J. (2003). The Cultural Feast: An Introduction to Food and Society. (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA; Thompson Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN 978-0-5-3452582-8.

You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:


Exams will consist of multiple-choice, matching, short answer and essay questions. You will need to complete an Interview Project before you take the final exam.

You may enroll at any time and have up to 9 months to complete your course, or you may be able to complete in as little as 3 months. The credits you earn will be recorded on your transcript in the semester you register. Keep in mind, UND can only verify your enrollment for the semester in which the course is registered and recorded on your transcript.