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Wageningen University

Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition

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There is an overload of information about nutrition and health, but what is the truth and what can you do to improve the health of your patients? Learn more about nutrition and how our diet profoundly impacts our current and future health. This course addresses the relationship between nutrition and human health, with a focus on health problems related to malnutrition.

In this course, Professor Sander Kersten from Wageningen University & Research will explain about the micronutrient (vitamins, minerals, and trace elements) content of foods. You will learn about their role in the body and their impact on our health. Moreover, this course will discuss how suboptimal nutrition may affect human health, with particular attention to malnutrition and global hunger. You will learn about strategies to improve and combat these problems of malnutrition. Finally, the course will make you familiar with nutritional research and research methodologies.

For whom?

This MOOC is especially useful for health care professionals and people working in the food industry with a non-nutrition background. You will develop a critical mind set by learning to better weigh and interpret information about food, nutrition and health. to improve overall health

This course, is part of the Food, Nutrition and Health Professional Certificate Program of Wageningen University & Research. Did you already complete Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients and Overnutrition? That is the first course in the Food, Nutrition and Health Professional Certificate Program. To explore other learning opportunities about nutrition, have a look at the courses

  • Food Risks
  • Human Microbiome
  • Nutrition and Cancer
  • Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes


Module 1: Basic Principles of micronutrients
Start the course by learning about the general principles that apply to vitamins
and minerals.

Module 2: Water, minerals, trace elements
In this module you will look at the health effects of water, and will cover the various
dietary minerals.

Module 3: Fat soluble vitamins and health
Learn about the fat soluble vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin E.

Module 4: Water soluble vitamins and health
For this module, you'll shift your focus to a few of the water soluble vitamins: vitamin C, folate and vitamin B12.

Module 5: The global burden of micronutrient malnutrition
Discuss the prevalence and trends of micronutrient deficiencies
and their geographical distribution. We will also talk about the double burden of

Module 6: Global solutions to micronutrient deficiencies
This module will outline the available strategies to alleviate micronutrient

Module 7: Insight in the future of Nutritional Science (verified learners only)
In this module you will get to see some of the exciting research that is currently being
done in the field of Nutritional Science.

Taught by

Sander Kersten


4.7 rating, based on 205 Class Central reviews

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  • Very informative course.
    This course improved my knowledge and skill to choose better food for myself and people around me
  • I found this course quite interesting, engaging and informative. It made me learn lots of things under the umbrella of micronutrients along with answers to many questions I earlier had to understand the cause of global burden of micronutrients and work done in this field for its solution and overcome the deficiencies.

    I would highly recommend this course for those who are interested or looking for building their career in subject like these.
  • Julius Darius Ochet
    I am Darius currently finishing my undergraduate degree in Gastronomic Sciences. A couple of months ago, I shared with a friend my desire to advance my knowledge and pursue a career in nutrition and food-related behavior. She recommended for me this program...
  • Anonymous
    This course helps me to learn all about lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and various things, I have learned so much from the professors of Wageningen University via edX, • The videos, and the reading sections are very understandable and easy to learn. • The...
  • Anonymous
    A good course worth doing because of the wealth of information disseminated in easy to read, hear and understand modes. Will be able to understand the importance of adequate nutrition and components needed to consumed to achieve it. The impact of micronutrients in the world's malnutrition scenario is well explained and appreciated.
  • Anonymous
    I thoroughly enjoyed the course on Micronutrients and Malnutrition especially all the interviews presented by professionals in the field of Nutrition. I liked listening to the the experiences from different Professors who spent years out in the field doing research studies of Micronutrients in countries like Ghana, Guatemala and Bangladesh. This course opened my eyes to the challenge of preventing malnutrition on a global scale. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in helping others to improve their health and how to better interpret information released on social media sites about health, nutrition and types of food.
  • Anonymous
    I love this course. It's very informative and easy to understand.
    Before I took this course, I was not fully interested and understanding about micronutrients. However, the course not only changed my opinion but also gave me a lot of insightful and valuable information about how I should eat and look at foods and how I can maintain my diet and health better. I shared the information from the course with my husband, and it also helped my husband. He told me that he does not feel much stress anymore! Thank you!
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed learning the micronutrients and malnutrition course. The course was challenging at times but also very interesting. I appreciate professors are supportive and making this course enjoyable. The course has a tons of valuable information, and I learned so much. I look forward to continue taking another course (Macronutrients) and working toward the professional certification.
  • Anonymous
    This is a great course to teach you about micronutrients, even if you do not have an elaborated biological or chemical background the course is very educative.
    It will help you understand how to improve the diet, the status of 'hidden hunger' and the efforts that are being done to improve it worldwide.
    Highly recommend together with the macronutrient and overnutrition of Wageningen University.
  • Anonymous
    Actually so many of our country people are suffering with micronutrient deficiency but we don't have proper guidance to do research . This course is excellent ,i felt happy to see Mr, Zimmerman ,my INSPIRATION so many things i learned from his books, Thank you for this great opportunity.

  • Anonymous
    I would recommend this course to everybody who has an interest in nutrition as the base of our existence as living organisms, and our needs. It explains the biochemistry behind the vital processes in our bodies and provides information for further reading.
  • Anonymous
    I thought it was super well explained and educational for anyone with an entry level or intermediate level of nutrition and that even if you do it in a rush as a last minute qualification you'll get something out of it
  • Anonymous
    I have learnt a lot from the renowned experience faculty and guest lectures from outside the university. I thank the Edx and Wageningen University for the learning opportunity.

    Dr Narasimha Rao Gaddamanugu
  • Hiba YACOUB
    the course was great with a content of quality, I've learned a lot on the vitamins and minreals topic; though I would have loved if we had more content developed on trace elements as well.
  • This course was amazing, the information was easy to follow, the teacher was funny, and for once I actually was happy to learn about something. This is the best course I've taken so far.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course. I would recommend for all the practitioners in nutrition and health sectors across the globe please pursue this course. Your knowledge level certainly will improve
  • Anonymous
    I thought it was very good in general. It would be nice to see more interviews from local organizations and people working in developing countries.
  • Anonymous
    Yes, I already talked few friends of mine about this program and they are very interested. Thanks for lot for this amazing course
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed doing this course. I like the format and the way they are explained.
    I do think that it needs to be updated.
  • Anonymous
    It has allowed me to update and review my knowledge on nutrition as the same time that I am working full time in topics related to fortification and amino acids

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