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222.641.01 Principles of Human Nutrition

International Health
1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:

Basic background in biology/medical sciences


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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. List 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.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required