Online Learning

Students can engage in new modes of analysis while building upon the foundations already established in the field of nutrition. The doctoral program encourages interdisciplinary inquiry into health issues and problems. Interdisciplinary inquiry is a way of seeing, thinking, conversing about, and imagining how issues and problems cut across relevant fields. Some fields that intersect the field of nutrition include environmental studies, political studies, sociology, psychology, plant medicines, anthropology, agriculture, medicine, and education.

This program is divided into fifteen (15) courses. Students must be computer literate and able to conduct extensive research and communicate on the Internet. Students are expected to participate in online forums and email will be a primary method of communication. Students are encouraged to review the Hawthorn website for updates and news.

In the process of most doctoral programs there is a clear distinction between one's educational activities and one's real life. At Hawthorn we encourage a merging of educational, contemplative life, and daily life. Nutrition is about a way of living and we encourage students to incorporate the work done on a daily level into their doctoral program where possible. This helps students integrate theory and practice.

As a dispersed community of students with a wide range of interests, we encourage the on-going dialogues between other members of the scholarly community at Hawthorn and at large. You are expected to participate in online forums and to attend webinars on a regular basis. Students communicate and network inside and outside of the program to be truly successful. This allows the student to realize that they are part of a larger and expanded community which will continue to sustain life-long learning.

Students purchase books that comprise the basis of a professional library and are introduced to quality online sources of nutritional information. Students complete assigned textbooks readings, listen to audio lectures, experience practical activities, submit written assignments, and engage in a graded oral discussion at the conclusion of each class. Assignments are graded and returned to the student's portal with written feedback.

Students have the option to meet together regularly via scheduled webinars where live lectures on current nutrition topics are presented. These webinar lectures are also archived on the student portal so that students can access and review these lectures at a later date.  Webinars are held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST.

Students interact by posting questions and comments to the message boards and via email. Students have the opportunity to email or call their instructors during their weekly office hours for individual attention and questions. Technical support is available via the Help Desk.