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Online Course

Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition

Wageningen University via edX

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  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 6-8 hours a week
  • Duration 7 weeks long
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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

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Sander Kersten

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Sabrina H
by 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.
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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 as I believed it would be very difficult to grasp completely new and difficult topics. And although some topics are quite challenging, overall the team did an excellent job of providing the information so that it's understandable and easy to remember. What I also appreciate is the quality and quantity of references for additional reading. Last but not least, the course's objective is worth mentioning: to empower the audience to think critically about Nutrition and related topics. I believe this goal is well achieved. For the above reasons, I highly recommend this course.

Thanks a lot!
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Anonymous
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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.
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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.
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Very happy to complete this course micronutrients and malnutrition.I found the course very informative. It's also very well structured. I'm passionate about Nutrition Science. some topics are quite challenging, overall the team did an excellent job of providing the information so that it's understandable and easy to remember. What I also appreciate is the quality and quantity of references for additional reading.
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Anonymous
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The course is well structured, there is a right balance bwn video and reading materials. It's packed with new info. The exams are difficult enough and the assessment is organized that way that it helps to review the course once again which promotes better memorization. It's a great and huge job! Thanks so much for the courses!
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Anonymous
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I loved it. Even more than the one I took before on macronutrients. I'd love to have it in Portuguese for all my friends that don't speak English to do it.

If you ever think of translating it. I would be Happy to be part of the Project. I'm a pharmacist and biochemestrist from Brazil.

giovana.barros@bms.com

Giovana
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Anonymous
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It is a fantastic basic course as a start in the world of nutrition. They make it very understandable and practical. The next step on probably a next course would be to learn of how to technically set up food regimes for myself and other people
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I loved this course! It provides an excellent overview of the micronutrients needed for optimal health. I could easily apply the information and knowledge I gained from this course into my daily life for improved meal planning for me and my family.
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Very nice course on micronutrients. I learned a lot!

It is a nice integration of video's, reading and additional reading if you want.

There is a good discussion forum in which also the teachers are actively contribute.
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This course is really interesting.... enjoyed learning throughout..... would love to recommend my friends regarding the course...gained a lot of knowledge,the explanation is really clear and understandable.
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It was very interesting to read and listen. As the whole topic was quite new for me, it was a bit difficult to follow. The text of the video should have been presented in a better way.
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Great course for nutrition and health professionals as well as individuals who would like to gain knowledge about Micro-nutrients and malnutrition
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Suleima S
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I enjoyed learning more about nutrition and my goal is to use the information to help individuals live a healthier life.
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