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222.630.81 Nutrition, Infection and Immunity

International Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Amanda Palmer
Course Instructor s:

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, infection, and immunity, 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 undernutrition on host barrier defenses and innate, humoral, cell-mediated immunity, and mucosal immunity. Presents case studies on the synergistic and antagonistic interactions between the infection, immunity and undernutrition. 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 interplay between the human immune response and nutritional status
  2. Explain the general effects of undernutrition on host immune function
  3. Discuss the implications for nutritional interventions and disease control in low- and middle-income countries
Methods of Assessment:

Web-based quizzes on course lectures (30%), LiveTalk-based student presentations (30%), Discussion Forum activities (20%), and class participation (20%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required