Course Mentors

Rachel Blaine, MPH, RD
Rachel Blaine, MPH, RD is a mentor for the Online Certificate in Family Nutrition. She holds a bachelor's degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of California at Davis, where she received a Citation for Excellence and the Dean's Outstanding Senior Award. She obtained her Master of Public Health degree from UCLA both as a Fellow and Maternal and Child Nutrition Trainee. Her dietetic training occurred at the Los Angeles VA Hospital.

Ms. Blaine has years of experience running community health programs, writing grants, conducting research, and creating educational materials related to family nutrition. To pursue her passion for education and disease prevention, she is obtaining her doctorate degree in Public Health Nutrition at Harvard University.

Christen C. Cooper, MS, RD
Christen C. Cooper, MS, RD, is a mentor for the Online Certificate in Family Nutrition. She holds a Master's in Nutrition from Columbia University. She is founder of Cooper Nutrition Communications & Education, a firm that provides culturally-competent nutrition education to organizations nationwide. Ms. Cooper worked for Linking Food with the Environment (LiFE), a Columbia University environmental nutrition program, and for Today Show dietitian, Joy Bauer.

Ms. Cooper currently serves on the advisory board of, a website devoted to optimal child nutrition. She serves as a consultant for the New York State Attorney General, Red Rabbit Lunchbox, Provant Health Care, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and other organizations. She writes for Today's Dietitian, NY Metro Parent,, Aging Well,, and other publications.