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222.641.01 Principles of Human Nutrition

International Health
1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Benjamin Caballero
Course Instructor:

Basic understanding of 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 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 and explain their relevance 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 and lactation, early childhood, adolescents, and older age
  3. Describe the underlying nutrient related metabolic processes in maintaining health and preventing disease
  4. Discuss principles of nutrition in a global context
Methods of Assessment:

1) timely completion of 6 on-line modules (45%); class participation (10%), and 3) a final exam (45%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required