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222.649.01 International Nutrition

International Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  8:30 - 9:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Andrew Thorne-Lyman
Course Instructors:

There are no formal prerequisites for taking the course. However, students are expected to be familiar with basic principles of human nutrition, nutritional assessment, epidemiology, and the types and causes of malnutrition, and in resource constraints faced by many low-income countries.


Presents major nutritional problems that influence the health, survival, and developmental capacity of populations in developing societies. Covers approaches implemented at the household, community, national, and international levels to improve nutritional status. Explores the degree to which malnutrition can be prevented or reduced prior to achieving full economic development through targeted public and private sector interventions that address the causes of malnutrition.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe and discuss contemporary public health nutrition problems facing low- and middle-income countries
  2. Apply conventional epidemiologic, nutritional, demographic, and health economic concepts and indicators in characterizing nutrition problems and interventions in low- and middle-income populations
  3. Develop a profile of nutrition and health problems in a low- and middle-income country and evaluate national approaches to prevention
Methods of Assessment:

There are no quizzes, no mid-term, and no final examination in this class. Grades will be based on the two term papers, thoughtful class participation, attendance (which will be kept) and presentation of the two brief term papers. Numerical grades will be based on the following:
Term papers 50%
Reading critiques 20%
Quality of class participation 10%
Class attendance 10%
Presentation of final term papers 10%
Total 100%
Numerical grades will be calculated and based on a curve of their distribution; a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) will be assigned.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Undergraduates required to get instructor consent

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Special Comments:

Undergraduates are required to get instructor consent