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Course Name: Botanical Products and Human Health
Course Code: ME0301WA22
Course Opens: April 13, 2022 at 8:00 am EST
Course Closes: June 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT
Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 7 hours) at their own pace anytime during the period the course is open.
Registration Fee: $395 per person
Multi Person Discount Fee: $350 per person (Save when you sign up with a colleague!)
Registration closes: June 29, 2022
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Did you know that today 65-70% of the world’s population use traditional medicine as their primary source of healthcare and 50% of new cancer and antibacterial drugs come from natural sources?
In this 7-hour, self-paced, asynchronous course, you will learn about the history, discovery, development, and validation of botanicals and their multiple uses in modern society. You will discover why plants make myriad compounds that benefit human health and well-being.
- Learn about the history of botanicals, ancient cultures that have contributed to our historic knowledge of medicinal plants, and the future of botanicals.
- Gain a basic understanding of plant anatomy and physiology, as well as the history and importance of botany.
- Gain a basic knowledge of botanical supplements, functional foods, and medicines.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of purified compounds versus plant extracts for medicinal uses.
- Summarize different approaches used to identify plant candidates for new medicines.
- Become familiar with some cases of well-known phytochemicals that are used in medicine.
- Become familiar with labeling and claims, safety regulations, and quality control of dietary supplements.
Watch this short video for sneak peek into this new course and an overview of what you’ll learn!
Who Should Attend?
The information shared in this course can benefit individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including:
- Certified Health Education Specialists
- Health Coaches
- Food Technologists
- Personal Trainers
Meet the Instructional Team
Dr. Ilya Raskin, Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers University
Dr. Raskin earned an international reputation through his work on plant growth regulation, plant immunity to diseases, phytoremediation, and, in the last decade, for his research in plant-derived functional foods and medicines. He is also actively involved in international bioexploration and conservation. Dr. Raskin’s research is featured in over 200 scientific publications and in numerous popular press articles. He has been listed as one of 108 most cited researchers in Plant and Animal Science (Institute of Scientific Information). Among his most cited scientific publications are four cover articles in Science and Nature. Dr. Raskin was awarded 20 patents covering the discoveries made in his laboratory. Dr. Raskin has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Albert Shull Award for outstanding contributions to plant biology and the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for revolutionary product innovation and scientific breakthrough. Dr. Raskin was named the Century Innovator in Botany by the U.S. News & World Report.
Dr. Carrie Waterman, Instructor/ Plant Researcher, Institute for Global Nutrition, UC Davis
Dr. Waterman has extensive experience in natural products chemistry, basic and applied research, strategy development, project management, communication, grant acquisition, and capacity building. Dr. Waterman’s interests are to expand and improve moringa’s use, production, and processing worldwide. She is also pursuing moringa for additional therapeutics applications, including cancer, HIV and IBD, as a nematocide and biofertilizer in agricultural uses, and in livestock feed for improved animal nutrition and milk production.
Dr. Mira Seskar, Faculty Coordinator, Global Institute for BioExploration (GIBEX), Rutgers University
Dr. Seskar received her MS in Agronomy from Texas A&M, and PhD in Plant biology from Rutgers University in the field of plant secondary metabolites and disease resistance. After postdoctoral research in Dr. Nilgun Tumer’s lab working on pokeweed antiviral protein, she taught plant biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology courses at Monmouth University. From 2006-2011 she worked in Phytomedics as a Project Manager providing scientific support to a cross-functional preclinical and clinical team to enable US and EU registrations for new botanical drugs. From 2013 she has been a Research Supervisor in Dr. Raskin’s laboratory where she manages a large plant natural product research laboratory. She is also project manager for domestic and international activities including the NIH-funded Center for Botanicals and Chronic Diseases.
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Continuing Education Credits
The Botanical Products and Human Health course is approved for 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, as well as the following credits from professional organizations.
NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists (HO/REHS): Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 7.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).
Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES): Pending
Course Requirements and Policies
This online course is offered quarterly within the Canvas learning management system. It will take approximately 7 hours to complete, and participants will have until June 30, 2022, to complete the coursework at their own pace.
Equipment you will need to access this training:
- Computer or tablet (phones are not recommended for optimal viewing and interaction)
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Cancellations and Substitutions
A $60 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
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