Culinary Medicine

Program Description

Focusing health care on lifestyle and nutrition is critical to reducing the burden of chronic disease and healthcare costs. The goal of empowering individuals and families to eat healthier is far less costly than the medications and invasive procedures needed to manage chronic disease.

Culinary Medicine is a growing field that blends the art of preparing and presenting food with the science of medicine to target disease processes or overall health. The emphasis is on hands-on participation, including meal preparation and cooking skills, in a kitchen setting while discussing ingredients related to health.

It is a form of preventative medicine or management of various diseases. The program considers food access, environment, and individual and cultural preferences while providing social support, meal preparation, and health literacy.

Culinary Medicine is available as a concentration in the Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science degree or as a Technical Diploma.

Culinarians and healthcare professionals can also take modules for continuing education units (CEUs). These CEUs are available through an agreement with the Culinary Medicine Specialist Board.

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Curriculum

Culinary Arts-120503-AAS
Course No. Course Title Lecture Lab Total Credit Hrs
Semester 1
CULN 1103 Basic Skills Development 3 0 3
CULN 1172 Essentials of Dining Room Service 1 2 3
CULN 1133 Sanitation and Safety 3 0 3
CULN 1506 Introduction to Culinary Principles 2 4 6
15
Semester 2
CULN 1223 Nutrition 3 0 3
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
General Education Course 3 0 3
15
Semester 3
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
General Education Course 3 0 3
General Education Course 3 0 3
15
Semester 4
Concentration Course (Externship) 0 9 9
General Education Course 3 0 3
General Education Course 3 0 3
AAS – Culinary Arts (60 Credit hours) 15
Total Clock Hours 1440
Culinary Medicine Concentration
Course No. Course Title Lecture Lab Total Credit Hrs
CULN 2111 Culinary Medicine I 2 1 3
CULN 2121 Culinary Medicine II 0 3 3
CULN 2131 Culinary Medicine III 0 3 3
CULN 2141 Culinary Medicine IV 0 3 3
CULN 2151 Culinary Medicine V 0 3 3
CULN 2161 Culinary Medicine VI 3 0 3
CULN 2171 Culinary Medicine VII 0 3 3
CULN 2181 Culinary Medicine VIII 0 3 3
CULN 2223 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3 0 3
Culinary Arts-120503-Diploma-Certificate-Option
Course No. Course Title Lecture Lab Total Credit Hrs
CULN 1103 Basic Skills Development 3 0 3
CULN 1172 Essentials of Dining Room Service 1 2 3
CULN 1133 Sanitation and Safety 3 0 3
CULN 1506 Introduction to Culinary Principles 2 4 6
CTC – Entry Level Cook (15) 15
CULN 1223 Nutrition 3 0 3
CTS – Entry Level Prep Cook (18) 3
CULN 2111 Culinary Medicine I 2 1 3
CULN 2121 Culinary Medicine II 0 3 3
CULN 2131 Culinary Medicine III 0 3 3
CULN 2141 Culinary Medicine IV 0 3 3
CULN 2151 Culinary Medicine V 0 3 3
CULN 2161 Culinary Medicine VI 3 0 3
CULN 2171 Culinary Medicine VII 0 3 3
CULN 2181 Culinary Medicine VIII 0 3 3
CULN 2223 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 0 3 3
TD – Culinary Medicine (45) 27
Total Clock Hours 1215

Program Information

CIP Code: 120503

Program Type: Associate of Applied Science

Program Length: 60 Semester Credit Hours

The program has met approval from the following:

  • The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation
  • Culinary Medicine Specialist Board
  • Louisiana Restaurant Association

Contact Information

Jerry Sonnier

Program Coordinator

jerry.sonnier@sowela.edu

(337) 421-6989

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483
info@sowela.edu

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

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Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

candy.parker@sowela.edu

(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

maegan.lewis@sowela.edu

(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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