Understanding eating disorders (HLSC 120)

Course Name

Understanding Eating Disorders

Course Description

This course exposes the learner to topics related to disordered eating, and strengthens their skills in the field. It introduces the most up-to-date research and allows the learner to critically reflect on their reading. Learners are encouraged to bring their personal and professional experiences into consideration, and to reflect on their current practice in the field.


The course is designed for professionals working in the field of mental health (Counselors, RPN’s, RN’s, OT’s, Social Workers, etc).

Subject Code

HLSC 120

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will

  • critically reflect on current literature in the field of disordered eating;
  • strengthen the theoretical underpinnings of eating disorders and their diagnostic criteria;
  • describe risk factors and prevalence of eating disorders in the westernized world;
  • understand the possible outcomes and other facets of an eating disorder;
  • describe different treatment modalities used within the field of disordered eating;
  • discuss the prevention of eating disorders; and
  • reflect on implications for current practice.



Textbook not included in tuition fee. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.


  • Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent.

    Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration but may be requested by Douglas College.

  • Documentation of current registration in your profession.

Course Content

Topics include:

  • Eating Disorders and Diagnostic Criteria
  • Risk Factors associated with Eating Disorders
  • Prevalence of Eating Disorders
  • Psychological/Medical Complications of Eating Disorders
  • Treatment for Eating Disorders
  • Courses of Eating Disorders and Outcomes

Learning Resources

Jauregui-Lobera, Ignacio. (Ed.). (2012). Relevant topics in eating disorders. Croatia: InTech. Retrieved from http://www.intechopen.com.


Hornbacher, Marya. (1998). Wasted: a memoir of anorexia and bulimia. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.

Instruction Method

Interactive online course (Blackboard)


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.


Grade will be assessed on completion of:

  • three assignments
  • final exam.


Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).


A letter of successful course completion for individual or grouped CEHS courses is available, but please allow 3-5 business days after placing a request with the CE-HS Program Assistant. 


An official Douglas College transcript can be ordered via my Account.

Completion Timeframe

6 months (200 hours) from course start date

Registration and course start

To register, email cehs@douglascollege.ca with your registration request and proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements.  You will then be prompted for payment to the CE Registration office, to finalize your registration. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.


Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.

Calendar - Registration dates & deadlines.