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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

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  • 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.
  • Very informative course.
    This course improved my knowledge and skill to choose better food for myself and people around me
  • 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
    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

    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
    I am only doing this course to fill in my time at least that's what I thought from the begging. However, my view changed the moment I started my studies. It has been an eye opener to benefits I can derive from Nutrition and disadvantages of not eating...
  • David Riddell
    This is an excellent course in regards to the course material and the topics covered.

    However, I am extremely disappointed with the discussion forums. There have been a mere handful of people participating. In addition, I have had to request an answer through edX to get one question answered - this a question specifically regarding a particular lecture (no response after a week). I am now waiting for another reply (3 weeks since the question was posted)

    This course repeats itself at regular intervals and I hope there is a simpIe explanation for what is hopefully a mere aberration for this particular iteration of the course.

    (Note that I have completed and passed the verified version of this course)
  • Terrie Schock
    I loved this course, and I learned a great deal!

    I loved listening to the professor ( although he didn't speak in this one as much as in Macronutrients) and will miss hearing him.

    I plan on going much further in this area now. I wasn't sure where I was heading, but after taking this course ( and the Macronutrients course) I've decided that I want to learn more so that I can help people.

    This world is slowly falling apart, and the only way to help is to find ways to make eating healthier...starting with finding new ways to plant, cultivate, and introduce more science into our nutritional needs.
  • 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
  • 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

    Stephen Wilhelm
  • Anonymous
    Interesting, educational, I loved this experience and can't wait to finish and take a certificate so that I will register in course 2
  • Anonymous
    the course is very helpful and easy to understand need to be focused well to achieve the goal.the dispatch have been selected in this couse is very specific so you can learn each module seperatly and have all informations about each subject selected so to move on for the next module it's all related to take you with a general explanation with videos .
  • Anonymous
    It was a great online nutrition course for non science based learners.
    The contents materials and professors were good enough to offering easy understandings the importance of micronutrients and the consequence of deficiencies.
    Highly recommended to everyone learning what’s micronutrients!
  • 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
    Very nice course with a lot of video material dor download.
    I followed the course from A to Z and it was interesting during the whole course.
    It had a well maintained balance in information on a deeper level and a lot of information not on a deep level. I can recommend it to anyone.
  • Anonymous
    The course is structured in a way that allows the material to be understood in an easy way. The information is adequate for this type of learning. It is a good introduction, along with the Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients and Overnutrition, to nutrition in general.
  • Anonymous
    The course was very informative and interesting. I enjoyed listening to the different instructors and what their experiences regarding the topic of the class was.The videos and interviews kept the class interesting as well as being extremely informative.
  • Anonymous
    This was an excellent course that was both very objective and informative. The videos and texts offered a lot more into the depth of micronutrients than expected and I am grateful to those that contributed to the making of such a great course.
  • 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
    I found the material very informative, I’ve learned so much about the importance of micronutrients, and the effects of its deficiencies. Definitely recommend for anyone interested in nutritional health.

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