Course overview

    1. Introduction

    2. Course outline

    3. Learning objectives

    1. What is a dietary supplement?

    2. Introduction to dietary supplements

    3. What are dietary supplements?

    4. U.S. definition

    5. Canadian definition

    6. Optimal Nutrition

    7. Knowledge Check #1

    1. Introduction to supplements, food, and drugs

    2. U.S. supplements: Intended use

    3. U.S. supplements: Product claims

    4. Canadian supplements: Intended use

    5. Canadian supplements: Product claims

    6. Knowledge Check #2

    1. Introduction to key supplement categories

    2. Introduction to nutrients

    3. Introduction to herbs and botanicals

    4. Introduction to hormones

    5. Introduction to probiotics

    6. Knowledge Check #3

    7. Other common supplements

    1. What Does 'Supplement Quality' Mean?

    2. Defining Product Quality

    3. Intro to cGMPs

    4. Knowledge Check #4

    5. Ingredient approval process in the United States

    6. Intro to Sourcing, Manufacturing, & Distribution

    7. Dietary supplement sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution

    8. How to Read A Supplement Label

    9. How to read a supplement label

    10. Intro to Safety Considerations, Allergens, & Excipients

    11. Intro to Testing, Certifications, and Research

    1. Individualized Care Considerations

    2. Case Study 1 - Vince

    3. Case Study 2 - James

    4. Case Study 3 - Greta

    5. Knowledge Check #5

    6. Additional Resources and Feedback

About this course

  • Free
  • 1 hr content included
  • Additional resources included

Learning objectives

This course is eligible for 1 General CE credit with The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and 1 Category A credit with The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). After this course, you will be able to:

  • Define dietary supplements.

  • Identify the government bodies and laws that regulate supplements in the United States and Canada.

  • Differentiate between dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals (drugs), and food.

  • Understand different dietary supplement ingredient categories

  • Understand basic supplement quality assurance considerations

  • Develop a protocol based on individual care considerations and evidence-based decision support

Your instructor(s)

Dr. Eric Viegas, ND (Non-Clinical)

Dr. Eric is a licensed naturopathic doctor in Ontario, Canada. He received his degree in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 2015 and completed a credential of readiness from Harvard Business School’s CORe program in 2021. Dr. Viegas is currently the Medical Operations Manager for the Integrative Medical Advisory Team at Fullscript and has previously worked as an educator for some of North America's top dietary supplement brands.