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Cellular Biochemistry of Nutrients

East Baltimore
2nd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Amanda Palmer

Covers biochemical aspects of carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, and introduces essential concepts of molecular biology, such as structure and function of intracellular organelles and fundamental cellular processes. Includes nutritional and hormonal regulation of gene expression and emerging nutritional -omics studies that help to provide a holistic view of the complex interactions between nutrients and genes, proteins, and metabolites. Aims to provide students with a full appreciation of the relevance of nutritional biochemistry studies and cells to population perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss key aspects of carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism and bioenergetics
  2. Describe basic cell structure, the function of intracellular organelles, and fundamental cellular processes
  3. Interprets the role of essential nutrients in one carbon metabolism and cellular signaling
  4. Examines how biochemical processes are shaped by dietary intakes/patterns, nutritional status, and physical activity
  5. Assess reports from the public health, clinical, or animal nutrition literature in terms of relevant biochemical processes
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 45% Group Presentation
  • 35% Quizzes
  • 20% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required