Online Course from Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute

Designed For
Registered dietitians; nutritionists; nutrition and dietetics technicians; specialists in pediatric nutrition; family practice and internal medicine physicians; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; doctors of naturopathic medicine; chiropractic practitioners; health educators; nutrition educators; health promotion specialists 
Self-paced (start and complete the course at your own pace)
Three modules, approximately 1.5 hours to complete

This course covers many aspects of bone biology, including bone structure and physiology, bone formation and remodeling, the determinants of adult bone health, and the consequences of age-related bone loss. The primary focus of the course is to discuss the roles of micronutrients in achieving and maintaining optimal bone health throughout the lifespan. Lifestyle factors that influence bone health, such as physical activity and smoking, are also discussed.


  • Describe the general structure and physiology of bone.
  • Explain the different phases of bone development and list the major determinants that influence bone health throughout life.
  • Recognize the consequences of impaired mineralization and demineralization on bone health.
  • Understand how bone mineral is measured and used to predict fracture risk.
  • Understand the importance of calcium and phosphorus for bone health.
  • Understand the roles of vitamin D and vitamin K and how they relate to bone health.
  • Describe additional micronutrients needed for bone formation and bone health.  
  • Identify the effects of lifestyle factors on bone health, including smoking, alcohol, physical activity, and dietary habits
  • Victoria Drake, Ph.D.

    Victoria Drake, Ph.D.

    Victoria J. Drake earned a B.A. in Biology from Grinnell College in 1998. After working as a Research Assistant at The University of Iowa in the field of redox biology and aging, she pursued graduate studies in nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2006, Victoria received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition. Victoria has worked for the Linus Pauling Institute’s Micronutrient Information Center (MIC) since 2006, first as a Research Associate and now as its Manager. In the past 12 years, she has written, updated, and edited MIC articles and has co-authored two textbooks based on MIC content. Victoria has successfully managed several projects at the LPI, including MIC website redesigns, creation of both the Spanish MIC and Japanese MIC, and addition of the MIC's Health & Disease section.

  • Barbara Delage, Ph.D.

    Barbara Delage, Ph.D.

    Barbara Delage earned a B.S. in Genetics and Biochemistry and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Bordeaux, France. Her doctoral thesis investigated the role of overweight and obesity in the promotion of colon cancer. As a nutrition scientist, she spent many years in research laboratories exploring the biological effects of micronutrients and dietary factors in the promotion of health and the prevention of chronic conditions like cancer. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Linus Pauling Institute (2005-2008); at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, UK (2008-2010); and at Unilever R&D, UK (2010-2011).