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GLOH5136: Nutrition in Global Settings

This unit aims to provide students with insights into the major nutrition-related public health problems in low- and middle-income countries; knowledge and practical skills about nutritional assessment; and the design and evaluation of nutritional interventions. The content areas include an overview of nutrition as a major determinant of health and disease; methods to assess community nutritional status; the impact of maternal and child under-nutrition on mortality and overall disease burden; design and evaluation of effective interventions; issues surrounding food security; agriculture and nutrition; and nutrition policies and resources. The unit has three major segments with the first focusing on nutritional assessment, the second on prioritizing nutrition-related public health problems in low- and middle-income countries, and the third on design and evaluation of interventions. On completion, students should be able to recognise key nutritional problems facing low- and middle-income countries; have acquired knowledge and practical skills as to how to assess these problems, and have gained insights into different multi-sectoral approaches to address these problems.

Code GLOH5136
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Introductory knowledge of epidemiology

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. design nutritional assessment for specific settings in low-and-middle income countries
  • LO2. describe anthropometric, dietary intake, and biochemical measurement methods for indicators of nutritional status
  • LO3. interpret the meaning of anthropometric, dietary intake, and biochemical indicators for nutritional status of children and adults
  • LO4. select nutritional status measurements and indicators needed to assess nutritional status in different settings
  • LO5. prioritise nutritional disorders and risk factors needing public health interventions in LMICs
  • LO6. describe the main nutritional disorders and risk factors facing LMICs
  • LO7. evaluate and rank the contribution of nutritional disorders and risk factors to poor population health (mortality, morbidity, and disability adjusted life years)
  • LO8. analyse data to identify the most important nutritional disorders and risk factors in different global health settings
  • LO9. design and evaluate interventions to address priority public health nutrition problems in LMICs
  • LO10. describe different individual and multi-sectoral interventions to improve nutritional status in LIMCs
  • LO11. assess the effectiveness of individual and multi-sectoral approaches in improving nutrition
  • LO12. choose appropriate interventions to address specific nutrition problems in different settings or countries and argue for including the selected interventions.