University of Athens Elearning

Mediterranean Food and Diet, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 63 days
  • English


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This online course aims to introduce participants to and raise their awareness about the typical Mediterranean food products and diet, as well as the intangible cultural heritage and goods that are related to food: customs, traditions, social status, culinary practices and tools, ceremonies, and values. This course is ideal for anyone interested in nutrition and its multicultural dimensions.

Furthermore, the course offers you an exciting journey to explore cultures and traditions of the Mediterranean countries and how they differ when it comes to recipes, food production and ways of cooking. All of the above will be analyzed further and in detail in this online course part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage category. After successfully completing the lessons, the participant will receive a training certificate.

Programme Aims

The Mediterranean Food and Diet programme at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens aims are:

-To make the links between the Mediterranean landscapes and resources to the production of food and the formation of the Mediterranean diet.

-To explore cultures and traditions of the Mediterranean countries related to food production and cooking and trace similarities and differences among Mediterranean countries.

-To trace the influence of the Mediterranean diet to the rest of the world.

-To appreciate the importance of the Mediterranean diet to human health.

-To be aware of food sustainable production and realize its links with the traditional practices of food production -agriculture, fishing, livestock, etc.

-To be aware of the role and responsibilities of consumers within the life-cycle of food.

-To recognize the quality of Mediterranean food as a valuable source of income.

-To adopt positive behaviour and attitudes towards the Mediterranean food products & cuisine.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Module 1: Introduction

Lesson 1 Introduction

Module 2: Food, biodiversity and the Mediterranean landscapes

Lesson 1 Food, biodiversity & the Mediterranean terrestrial environment & landscapes

Lesson 2 Food, biodiversity & the Mediterranean aquatic environment & landscapes

Module 3 : Evolution of food and nutrition in the MediterraneanLesson 1 The natural evolution of human activities directly related to food

Lesson 2 Impacts of history on the Mediterranean Food I

Lesson 3 Impacts of history on the Mediterranean Food II

Lesson 4 The Mediterranean triad I: the vine & the wine, the olive tree & oil

Lesson 5 The Mediterranean triad II: cereals & their products  

Lesson 6 Other characteristic Mediterranean foodstuff and products

For full information of the programme outline please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

Participant Profile

This e-learning programme is addressing whoever wishes to learn about the Mediterranean food products and diet, their historical evolution and related “immaterial” cultural goods as well as the central role of food in sustainable development. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    350 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 350 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 63 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    350 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 350 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 63 days.
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