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Online Course

Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition

Wageningen University via edX

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  • Language English
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  • 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
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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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Anonymous
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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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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

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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.
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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 .
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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" MOOC which I really enjoyed doing. This...
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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 and heard from extremely talented professors...
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Anonymous
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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. It was so informative, I came to know lot about it. The best thing was the Peer Review. Did lot of researches, Gained a lot of information regarding a topic of your choice. It was a great experience in this 4months of course. I would love to recommend everyone regarding this nutrition course, not only to gain knowledge but also everyone can implement nutrition in their day to day life. It was nice meeting Prof. Sander Kersten. A great guide and the most inspirational man I can ever witness. Thank you Wageningen University for such an opportunity. I will miss this time. It will be a memorable moment on my life. Thank you. :)
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Anonymous
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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 course just for basice knowledge but I have learned a lot. Furthermore, I hope I would be given more knowledge as to how I can apply the things they have taught professionally. If the course was more interactive and personal then that would make the MOOC a lot better. They could also provide more real world information as to what the student who finished the MOOC can do not just to further his or her studies but to join programs that could help bridge the gap between the people who are in need of help in terms of nutrition and make it more than just a regualar MOOC.

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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 to get a Verified Certificate for the Nutrition and Health: Human Microbiome course.

Before I took these courses, I had no idea about the effects of nutrition on our health, the teachers explained every subject clearly and in a very informative way.

It has give me a very good foundation in the subject matter, and gave me new ideas and inspired to create new projects were we can help/inform people about the importance of the relationship between Nutrition and Health.

Thank you very much again and I am looking forward to more courses , GRAZIE!!! :)

Enrico Farina
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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 play in our diet and how marketing affects our interpretation of micro-nutrition.

I am giving the course 4 stars, not 5, because of the lack on communication between the students and the staff. I ran into a problem, where one of the peers whose work I needed to review didn't attach the file. I had no way to communicate this to either the student or the course professors.

There were a few eye-opening pieces of information, especially when it came to bottled water.

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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.
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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.
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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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Anonymous
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This course will give you an excellent foundational understanding of the most important micronutrients, in terms of overarching public health. One of the greatest benefits is that you are given short pointed chemistry, biochemistry and physiology lessons related to specific nutrients. This information immediately provides an essential backdrop for micronutrient function but does not assume a specific level of previous experience in the biological sciences.
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Urv V
Urv completed this course.
Course gives important necessary knowledge which generel public required for everyday life it doesnot include regorous scientific knowledge requirement.but instead they made very simple so that generel public can understand.it decribes importance of nutrient in our life (for earch micronutrients),also effects its deficiency and source to getting enough each nutrient individuallyalso gives information about global chalange to eliminate deficiency in world.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Very informative course with practical information based on scienctific knowledge. The chemical aspects of each nutrient that passed by were explained very well and good to follow.

The course is challenging you as well to look at your own nutritional intake, by giving you practical assignments.

Finally the course gives insights in the global challenges of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. I have enjoyed very much and have learned a lot.
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Anonymous
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I started out this course to simply know about my personal nutritional needs and to make sure that they have been being fulfilled. Rather this mooc has given me such detailed information about my foods, vitamin deficiencies, water intake level, nutrition problems being faced all around the world. Malnutrition being faced in my own country. This course has inspired me to bring about change to this issue in the near future.

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Anonymous completed this course.
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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