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Nutrition in Disease Treatment and Prevention

4th term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Vanessa Larsen

Undergraduate level courses on nutrition, metabolism and physiology (examples of some graduate level courses from JHSPH that qualify: Advanced Nutrient Metabolism - 222.651; Nutritional Biochemistry - 222.644; Principles of Human Nutrition - 222.641).


Reviews the underlying nutritional components and pathophysiology of common human diseases/disorders. Focuses on the metabolic disturbances occurring with these diseases. Also emphasizes nutrition therapy approaches for the prevention and care of these diseases. Topics include nutritional aspects of diabetes, GI diseases, obesity, renal diseases, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, HIV and severe malnutrition among others.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the underlying nutritional aspects of several common diseases
  2. Define a nutrition therapy plan for each of these chronic diseases
  3. Integrate pathophysiology into their nutrition therapy recommendations
  4. Discuss prevention theories and guidelines for each of these diseases
  5. Critically evaluate scientific literature dealing with nutritional aspects of selected disease states
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 30% Presentation(s)
  • 35% Final Exam
  • 15% LiveTalks

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

consent required for undergraduate students

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This class is a mix of online lectures and required weekly live talks. Part time students in other time zones should note this time commitment as it is is required attendance.