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Nutrition and Global Health (CO7030)

Module Coordinator:  Dr Ogenna Uduma
ECTS Value:                             5

Available evidence suggests that  a  considerable  proportion  of  the  world’s  population, especially poor women and children  in  low‐income  settings,  are  malnourished.  Directly  and  indirectly,  nutrition  is  related to  the sustainable  development goals  (MDGs),  therefore  without  addressing  the  problems  of  food security and nutrition, the attainment of the SDGs will be compromised. This module is designed to highlight the importance of nutrition to global health.  It will present an overview of the major problems associated with malnutrition (over nutrition and under nutrition) and their impact in both high income and low-income countries and for various population groups. Efforts will be made to highlight existing interventions that have been shown to be effective and the constraints to delivering these in different contexts.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the importance of nutrition in global health, especially in terms of facilitating the attainment of the first millennium development goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger
  • Apply the knowledge of tools and skills for comprehensive and holistic approaches to resolving the challenges of nutrition in a globalised world by examining the success and failures of existing interventions from around the world

Module Content

  • Introduction to nutrition and global health
  • Nutrition, Economic Development and Health
  • International Food Security: the Global Food System
  • Household Food Security: Rural and Urban Livelihoods
  • Determinants of nutritional status
  • Essential nutrients: Macro and Micro
  • Nutritional needs throughout the life cycle
  • Malnutrition in different contexts
  • Health impacts of poor nutrition, including vitamins and mineral deficiencies
  • Existing interventions and best practices
  • Addressing future challenges and their implications for global health

Indicative Resources
The module coordinator and guest lecturers will provide recommended reading lists.   Lecture notes and additional materials will be posted on Blackboard.

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
This one-week intensive module will be delivered through interactive lectures, seminars, case studies, audio-visual techniques, discussions and group activity.  Guest lecturers, both  from  academic   institutions and civil society, who are experts  in  the  field,  will  be  invited  to  facilitate  sessions  on  the  module. Participants may be assigned to groups to facilitate any assigned group activity. Formal sessions will run for 2 hours followed by informal discussions, case presentations or group activity for 45 minutes. These topics will be examined by presenting case studies from existing nutrition and food security   intervention programmes from around the world, drawing on the lessons of their successes and failures as well as challenges and opportunities.

Methods of Assessment
Students will submit a written assignment (70%) and take part in a group assignment (30%).

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