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Department: International Health
Term: 1st term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Kristen Hurley
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Prepares students for integrating the biology of nutrition into public health research and practice. Provides an integrated overview of the physiological requirements and functions of energy, macronutrients, and vitamins and minerals that influence health and risk for disease. Topics include dietary sources and nutrient requirements, status, absorption, metabolism, and function. Extends nutrition principles to the health and disease risks across the lifespan.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
List the major macro and micronutrients relevant to human health
Discuss the scientific rationale for defining nutritional requirements in healthy individuals and populations, with reference to specific conditions such as pregnancy, lactation, and older age
Present current evidence for the role of key nutrients in the prevention of chronic diseases
Discuss major nutrition-related diseases in a global context

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation will be based on: 1) timely completion of problems set related to the 5 on-line modules (45%); 2) class participation (10%); and 3) a final exam (45%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • This is a blended course. 10 hours of classroom time will be replaced by outside-of-class work. Sept 3, 2014 - Sept 8, 2014 M W 1:30-3:20 PM Sept 10, 2014 - Oct 13, 2014 M 1:30-3:20 PM Oct 15, 2014 - Oct 22, 2014 M W 1:30-3:20 PM

  • Monday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 110
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Basic background in biology/medical sciences

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: This class blends traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions. Except for the first and last instructional weeks (9/3-9/8 and 10/15-10/20) in which the class will meet twice a week, this class will meet once a week for 110 minutes. In addition to regular homework, students are expected to spend 110 minutes a week on class work (e.g. viewing online modules and completing problem sets).