Description of the Course: FFCD

Full title for course: Functional Foods for Chronic Disease

Prerequisites: General Biology, Food and Nutrition, or relevant educational/professional experience

Instructors: Francesco Matrisciano, MD, PhD, Dolores del Castillo, PhD, and Danik Martirosyan, PhD

Phone: 469-441-8272


Key Details

Course Dates: Ongoing upon registration

Duration: 8 weeks

Provider Reference Number: FFCD102

Location: Online, Functional Food Institute

Admission Requirements: General Biology, Food & Nutrition, or relevent educational/professional experience

Credits Toward Certification (CFFS): 20

Required Text:  Functional Foods for Chronic Disease (Textbook Volume 2)

ASFFBC Membership: Your course enrollment includes 1 year of free membership to the ASFFBC


Francesco Matrisciano, MD, Ph.D.
Dolores del Castillo, Ph.D.
Danik Martirosyan, Ph.D.

Cost : $595.00 USD

*Partial scholarships and group discounts available

**This course may be completed for Continued Professional Development and may be eligible for tuition reimbursement from your employment institution 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the epidemiology and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease
  • Recognize functional foods for cancer awareness
  • Be able to define functional foods, functional food components, health benefits, chronic diseases, global markets, and sensory evaluation
  • Understand how chemotherapy has an impact on health and how functional foods can interact
  • Identify the biomarkers and bioactive compounds of functional foods for obesity
  • Understand the epidemiology of diabetes
  • Understand how the mental health of a person can be impacted by functional foods
  • Identify relevant FDA structure, function, and health claims for new functional food products

Topic Outline of the Course


1.     Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease

2.     Biomarkers of Different Cardiovascular Diseases

3.     Functional and Bioactive Lipid Mediators in Modulating CVD Precursors

4.     Effects of Functional Food and Bioactive Compounds on Biomarkers of CVD

5.     Virgin Olive Oil Improves Semen Quality Altered by Hypercholesterolemic Diets in Rabbits

Functional Foods and Cancer

6.     Functional Food and Cancer

7.     Functional Food Components in Cancer Disease

8.     Plants and Plant-based Products Against Cancer

9.     The cytotoxic and anti-proliferative activity of high molecular weight pectin and modified citrus pectin

10.  Functional food in cancer and awareness of chemotherapy and functional food interaction

Functional Foods and Obesity

11.  Functional foods and obesity

12.  Biomarkers and bioactive compounds for obesity

Functional Foods and Diabetes

13.  Epidemiology of Diabetes

14.  Functional Foods for Type 2 diabetes

Functional Foods and Mental Health

15.  Psychology and Dietetics

16.  Active principles in functional foods with antianxiety and antidepressant Effects

Functional Foods and other Chronic Diseases, Policy, and Regulations

17.  Application of enzymes in processing of functional foods

18.  Coffee silverskin extract for aging and chronic diseases

19.  Health claims and functional food

Final Exam

Textbook: Functional Foods for Chronic Diseases: Textbook, Volume Two, First Edition, Edited by Martirosyan DM, Food Science Publisher, Dallas, USA

Course Work: 4 Chapter Quizzes, 1 Cumulative Final Exam, Weekly discussion w/ Professor (2 hrs total - virtual), Final Paper (700 word min.)

Grading Criteria

Course Component: Percent of Course Grade

Chapter Quizzes: 20% (5% each quiz)

Cumulative Final Exam: 50%

Weekly Discussion w/Professor: 10%

Final Paper: 20%

Teaching Methods:

The course is a self-taught course with an examination and certification of completion. This allows for participants to learn at their own pace and decide for themselves when to take the exam. All resources including syllabus, textbook, powerpoint slides, and PDF files will be provided after purchase as well as a recommended course of action with which to base the studies. The book provides practice quizzes to help you along the way and to provide feedback on your level of comprehension of the material. Once the participant has completed all included chapters, they can take the exam online which, after receiving a passing grade, will provide a printable certification of completion.  

Function of this course in total curriculum

The focus of food science and technology has shifted from previous goals of improving food safety and enhancing food taste, toward providing healthy and functional foods. Today’s consumers desire foods that go beyond basic nutrition - foods capable of promoting better health, or even playing a disease-prevention and management role. To meet this need for innovation, academic research, and the education system at the university, must be combined with the functional food research, development and commercialization strategies. This course is extremely important for food scientists, dietitians, nutritionists, and health care practitioners. It will enable them to discuss food choices for health maintenance and evaluate credible information about food and its role in health promotion, maintenance, and management.