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Nutrition and Life Stages

East Baltimore
3rd 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:
  • Kristen Hurley
Kristen Hurley

Reviews stages of human development as a prism for understanding human nutrition. Focuses on life stages through a progression, highlighting the biological, genetic, social and behavioral (e.g., diet, physical activity, mental health) influences on well-being in that life stage, as well as changes that influence the transitions in nutrition between life stages. Discusses social and political dimensions to health/disease differences within and between populations.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Integrate genetics, biology, and nutrition through in-depth study of a nutritional issue across the life stage
  2. Explain behavioral and psychological factors (e.g., diet, physical activity, mental health) that affect a population’s health and nutrition
  3. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and nutrition and inequities
  4. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  5. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  6. Discuss biological, social, cultural, and behavioral influences on nutrition in the different stages of human development
  7. Place public health nutrition problems in their biological, social, cultural, behavioral, and epidemiologic contexts
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 5% Attendance
  • 15% In-class Participation
  • 10% Quizzes
  • 5% Bibliography
  • 10% Conceptual Framework
  • 35% Review Paper
  • 20% Paper Presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent to ensure that students have a nutrition background and to determine their interest.

For consent, contact: