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Principles of Human Nutrition in Public Health

1st term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Vanessa Larsen

Basic background in biology/medical sciences


Prepares students for integrating the biology of nutrition into public health research and practice. Provides an integrated overview of the physiological requirements and functions of energy, macronutrients, and vitamins and minerals that influence health and risk for disease. Topics include dietary sources and nutrient requirements, status, absorption, metabolism, and function. Extends nutrition principles to the health and disease risks across the lifespan.

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. Explain the scientific rationale and public health significance of defining nutritional requirements in healthy individuals and populations, with reference to specific conditions such as pregnancy and lactation, early childhood, adolescence, and older age
  3. Summarize the underlying nutrient related metabolic processes in maintaining health and preventing disease
  4. Apply principles of human nutrition and evaluate their relevance to public health in a global context
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation will be based on:
60% - Timely completion of 6 online activities and their corresponding problem set. Each online activity and corresponding problem set is worth 10%
5% - Class participation will be based on your engagement on the CoursePlus discussion board, where you are encouraged to post recording/reading reflections, questions, or comments. These comments/reflections will be discussed during the subsequent class lecture.
35% - Final exam (in-class). Multiple choice and essay

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This class blends traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions. Except for the first and last instructional weeks in which the class will meet twice a week, this class will meet once a week for 110 minutes. In addition to regular homework, students are expected to spend 110 minutes a week on class work (e.g. viewing online modules and completing problem sets).