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Nutrition and Global Health

Module Coordinator:                     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 each of the millennium development goals (MDGs), therefore without addressing the problems of food security and nutrition, the attainment of the MDGs 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

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
This one-week intensive module will be delivered through interactive lectures, seminars, case studies, audiovisual 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.

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