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Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition

Wageningen University via edX

Overview

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.

This course 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

Syllabus

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
malnutrition.

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

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.

_ If you like this course, you might also like: _

  • Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients and Overnutrition
  • Food Risks
  • Human Microbiome
  • Nutrition and Cancer
  • Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes

Taught by

Sander Kersten

Reviews

4.7 rating, based on 98 reviews

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  • Sabrina is taking this course right now.

    I love the Nutr101x and nutr102x MOOC from Wageningen university via EdX . Good info covered and lots of videos so you can visually see the info.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Great job! I found the course very informative. It's also very well structured. I personally hold a degree in Linguistics and Management and I'm passionate about Nutrition Science. I was really concerned if I should take the courses on Macro and Micronutrients...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Found the course content to be of the right balance between sharing knowledge about the basics and functions of micronutrients, and the biochemical processes involved. Particularly love the video lectures in which the course facilitators share their knowledge relating to the micronutrients. Also, the reading material and references provided are useful for me to learn more about the respective minerals and vitamins. Overall, the course has stimulated my interest to apply what I have learned to carefully plan my dietary intake to get a good mix of the micronutrients rather than through supplementation.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Wageningen University

    The course taught me so much regarding Vitamins, Minerals, Biodiversity.
    I I took the suggestion and set time in the morning to study and this worked well.
    The test at the end of the week was great. Everything worked well to make the class and time so worth it.

    I am reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and I needed to find out more about the science of food.
    It's hard to understand how 59 Elements can interact to make a HUMAN.

    Life is an endless chemical reaction
    Steve Jones, British academic

    Thanks
    Stephen Wilhelm
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I loved this course.
    It was jam packed with extremely interesting material and even a little humor.
    I found it enjoyable and informative. I took the verified path even though I am doing this for self interest and to keep my mind active however If I was even 20 years younger, I would have taken Nutrition as a degree. My passion is the Human Microbiome and I will continue to take these courses and encourage my friends to do them also.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am very happy being enrolled in this course,i have learned a lot about micro nutrients and its important role in human health improvement.
    i learned more about claims regarding food specially micro nutrients and how to make sure that claims must be substantiated with evidence as not all claims are right once.
    i learned how how to improve your nutrients intake .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I just love edX and the possibility to follow MOOC's. I have a background in Health Science and Nutrion & Sports but it has been a couple of years ago since my studies so it is always good to upgrade your knowledge. Last year I have done the " Human Microbiome"...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I am really pleased to have this course through edx ,sometime we heard and come to know but with the help of this effective course ,came across many new things.its been a privilege to learn with such an esteemed university of U.K. I had a excellent journey...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Before pursuing this course I even didn't knew about micronutrients much. With this course I have gained much information about vitamins and minerals and various foods related to it. Now I came to know that there is fortification of foods with these nutrients....
  • Anonymous
    I have been paying a lot of attention to diet and nutrition for about 10 years. I am an engineer by training and found frustrating by the conflicted information on nutrition available. I did manage to improve my health through food and life style change...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I enjoyed the course. There is room from improvement in terms of the presentaion of data, course materials, and tests but overall I learned a lot. I understood what the professors taught and had no difficulty understanding the. I enrolled myself in this...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I am near the completion of the Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition and Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients and Overnutrition courses, I am very happy with the courses of Wageningen University on EDX, so happy that I will also try...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Definitely well put together and well organized. I have learned a lot on the subject I knew nothing of. A many things on labels of products now make more sense. While I won't remember everything I have learned, I have a better grip on what role micronutrients...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is meant for absolute beginners in the field of nutrition, micronutrition in particular, requires little knowledge of biology, biochemistry and physiology. It is well paced and covers enough material in the main nutrition thread while adding details in the other areas mentioned above. The questions were well prepared for my audit-only enrollment.

    The course ends by examining undernutrition in a global context and various initiatives to end such nutrition. It is perhaps over-optimistic here, and further explores these topics almost totally from a benevolent US/EU perspective. It is a little embarassing that there is no input from experts from countries like India or China.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a great way to learn basic and intermediate knowledge regarding micronutrients and malnutrition with minimal prior knowledge of nutrition.

    The course is broken up into very manageable pieces, and it is interspersed with helpful video lectures, animated lectures, short readings, review quizzes, and optional reading material and resources.

    Occasionally the course may feel a touch too high-level, or it may reference topics with which the student has less familiarity. However, in light of how short and concise this course is, I found this to be a fair trade.

    This is a very robust course for how compact it is; and it is very well-structured to keep learners engaged.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Certainly the course is very detailed and informative and I appreciate all the mentors and vedios. However, we expect to have provided some case studies where people with symptoms were mentioned and it follows with a questionnaire to suggest the right remedy for a patient. Or drawing a diet plan for a particular patient diet on symptoms mentioned in the course other medical history normal. Just a suggestion. I would also like to know obtaining a certificate in one course in Nutrition, how does it helps us apart from spreading awareness about the topic. Is there any career or further higher courses we can opt for?
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course has opened my eyes to the importance of food in our lives to assure optimal micronutrition needed by our bodies. I was already interested in food but more on the macro level and decided to learn more about the micro-level of the food I ingest. The course is well constructed and quite easy to follow. The links to informative web sites are paramount for further information to dig deeper into the topics studied in each module. I recommend that you read them. I have decided to continue to learn more about nutrition.

    Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food - Credited to Hippocrates
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is an eye-opener. The good thing about education is that it opens your mind to the truth. In food and nutrition, there are so many misconceptions, and this course helps to correct a lot of that.

    The only issue I have about the course notes is that some examples are rather too old, some older than ten years, so the notes need to be updated with the latest research works and examples.

    In my research work, I only look at old citation if I want to compare trends, because I know things change all the time.

    Overall, I do enjoy the course, and will heartily recommend it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I feel I came out if this course with a wealth of knowledge and a better understanding of micro-nutrients, why they are important, what roles they play in the body and on health, what foods contain sufficient amounts of each vitamin and mineral, what role micro-nutrients play in malnutrition and how to improve sufficient nutrition for an individual as well as a population. The readings and videos were easy to follow and understand. The quizzes at the end of each module gave me confidence that I learned and understood the content.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was really good in learning the outcomes of micro nutrition on human health which i was unaware about earlier. And the broader prospect of nutrition on global network and the individual country. The role played by WHO, UNICEF and other bodies like this to manage the nutrition on global network and help people live healthy life and eradicate diseases. Role of micro nutrition in terms of good health and dietary inputs, apart from this the importance of spreading right awareness regarding this to everyone.

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