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Course Description

The goal of this course is to expose students to major global nutrition programs and strategies designed to lessen the global burden of nutrition related morbidity and mortality. Both prevention and treatment options for major nutrition related disorders that dominate contemporary populations will be discussed. This course will cover: a) current debates in the cause, prevention and treatment of global nutrition challenges, b) the range of options for interventions that exist, and actually implemented, c) the strength of the evidence base underpinning actions, d) approaches to problem assessment, (including the process of considering alternatives according to context), e) examples of successful nutrition interventions, f) constraints to success (what makes or breaks major program successes), and g) key global organizations involved in nutrition policy and programming. Each session will seek to cover: a) main problems still needing to be resolved; b) priority/target populations; c) interventions used/not used. Students will examine solutions at the local, national, and international level, including policy impact on programs, public health interventions, and public health practices. Prerequisite: One semester nutritional biochemistry and one Policy course. This course is open only to students who are in the Blended Master of Nutrition Science and Policy Program.

Affiliated With:

  • Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy