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Department: International Health
Term: Summer term
Credits: 4 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Provides an integrated overview of the physiological requirements and functions of protein, energy, and the major vitamins and minerals that are determinants of health and disease. Topics include dietary sources, intake levels, and biological determinants of nutrient requirements; assessment of nutrient status in individuals and populations; the role of nutrition in growth and health through the life cycle; the rationale for the development of dietary guidelines and of nutrition policies in different countries; and the role of diet on the development of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.

Learning Objective(s):

1. Provide an overview of the major macro and micronutrients relevant to human health 2. 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 3. Present current evidence for the role of key nutrients in the prevention of chronic diseases 4. Discuss major nutrition-related diseases in a global context

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on a take-home exercise and final exam.
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.; basic background in biology/medical sciences.

Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail