Understanding Stress and Immunity - RD60089

Understanding Stress and Immunity

by Sara A. Wagner, MS, RDN
(4.7 / 609 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (5.00 CPEU)

Price: $38.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.00


Stress can indirectly contribute to a wide array of maladies associated with either a hyper- or hypoactive state of immunity. Susceptibility to the common cold is increased, autoimmune symptoms are heightened, and allergies can be worsened by exams, divorce, or losing one’s job. Circumstances that contribute to stress for adults are not likely to improve any time soon. The field of psychoneuroimmunology is changing and expanding rapidly. This course provides a discussion of the current evidence regarding the direct and indirect ways the emotions of stress can impact the immune system and a person’s physical and mental health and well-being.


The goal of this educational program is to provide nurses in all settings with the goal of reviewing the effects of stress and emotions on the immune system.After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe two forms of stress and how they affect the body.
  • Describe at least three brain regions involved in mediating emotions and the behaviors associated with stress.
  • Identify at least three neurotransmitters and hormones that are activated during times of duress.
  • Discuss the normal function of the immune system and the ways that stress affects it.
  • Describe the manner by which stress-induced changes in the brain can exacerbate immune system diseases.
  • List at least four immune components produced during acute inflammation.
  • Discuss the manner by which chronic inflammation can result in both mood and immune disorders.
  • Outline steps healthcare workers can take to promote good immunity.
Accreditation Information
The course is intended for dietitians and NDTR's.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2050, 2060, 5120, 5170 and performance indicators of  8.1.2., 8.1.4., 8.2.1., 8.2.3., 9.1.3.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/31/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/31/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/31/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Rosa C - Stockton, CA  ·  May 27, 2020
This course was lengthy but educational. I learned a lot of medical information.
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Sulette D - maplewood, NJ  ·  May 24, 2020
Good refresher course, informative and greatly improves my knowledge in immune response to stress.
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Altagracia F - Hyattsville, MD  ·  May 24, 2020
in this course i learned about the long term effects of stress
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Rhonda C - DeWitt, MI  ·  May 23, 2020
How would you rate this course overall? Very difficult - loved this course!
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Suman G - Pflugerville, TX  ·  May 23, 2020
well presented in detail lots of information
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Price: $38.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.00