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222.630.81 Nutrition and Immune Function

International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Amanda Palmer
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. Basic knowledge of immunology and nutrition is desirable.


Knowledge of the interactions between nutrition and immune function is fundamental to understanding risk of both infectious and chronic diseases.

Provides an overview of the relationships between nutrition and immune function, with a focus on established and emerging public health problems. Reviews assessment methods for immune function in the context of public health nutrition research. Discusses the impact of the immune response on nutrient metabolism, nutritional status, and interpretation of biomarkers. Examines the deleterious effects of malnutrition on host barrier defenses and innate, humoral, cell-mediated immunity, and mucosal immunity. Presents case studies on the synergistic and antagonistic interactions between the immune response and malnutrition. Provides self-study materials covering the basic tenets of immunology and nutritional status assessment, for students with limited background in immunology or nutrition.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the impact of infection and immune response on nutritional status
  2. Explain the general effects of undernutrition, including micronutrient deficiencies, on host immunity
  3. Discuss the implications for the control of pediatric infectious diseases in low income countries
Methods of Assessment:

Web-based quizzes on course readings (30%), web-based student presentations through VoiceThread (40%), and class participation (30%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required