Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University

Cooking Up Health: Train-the-Trainer Workshop

cuhclass2The Culinary Medicine Course: Cooking Up Health (CUH) is an elective for health professional students developed by faculty from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University in partnership with the non-profit community organization Common Threads.  Our CUH course is intended to expand students’ comfort in counseling patients in successful behavior change around nutrition and cooking, as well as develop skills for personal well-being.

The "learning" portion of the course includes a combination of pre-work/videos/didactics and hands on culinary sessions- all focused on plant-based diets. The "giving-back" part of the course engages students in service learning by bringing them into grade school classrooms to administer an established grade school nutrition curriculum to children and/or families in at risk communities. Through this course, participants learn basic culinary skills, steps to create nutritious meals, relationships between food, health, and disease, and cultural competencies around nutrition.

CUH has been offered to Feinberg School of Medicine medical students, with pre- and post- measurements showing significant improvements in multiple areas, including confidence counseling patients about basic nutrition and obesity, and confidence in their own ability to cook and make healthy choices. The CUH curriculum has been presented at multiple international conferences since its inception, with publication in process.

For more details and a short video check out the medical student CUH Elective page HERE.

Train-the-Trainer Workshop- Registration Now Open!

To help promote dissemination of culinary medicine to other institutions, the Osher Center and Common Threads have now partnered to host a Train-the-Trainer workshop, where prospective schools and organizations can learn the process of implementation, needed steps for success, and acquire the existing curriculum for use in their own institution. Our inaugural workshop in 2018 taught faculty from 8 new institutions. More information and registration information available here.

Next Trainers workshop: Saturday September 7, 2019

LOCATION:  Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Feinberg Pavilion, 251 E. Huron in Chicago, IL

TIME: 9 am - 5 pm 

FACULTY: The training will be led by the CUH authors and instructors, Dr. Melinda Ring (Osher) and Chef Stephanie Folkens (Common Threads), and other team members.

AGENDA: This workshop will include sessions on:


Registration is very limited! 12 participants maximum. To save your spot or for questions about whether this training is right for you please contact:

COST: $500 for 1 attendee; $850 for 2 attendees; $1100 for 3 attendees (per institution). The cost of registration and access to the full curriculum is subsidized through a generous grant.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Registrants will be provided with local hotel options within walking distance of the workshop and a Northwestern discount code.

Intended Audience

Faculty from health professional schools - including but not limited to medical, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, complementary/integrative health profession schools

Ready to learn more about bringing culinary medicine to your institution?

Common Threads and Osher are happy to help! Contact

This 2019 workshop is supported, in part, by a grant from the Weil Foundation.