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Course Description

Students will explore the fundamental roles of nutrients in biological systems and the implications of macronutrient biological functions on food and nutrition policy. Emphasis will be placed on the function of nutrients as defined by their chemistry, interrelations among nutrient functions, mechanistic approaches in the analysis of nutrient-disease relationships, and recent advances in the basic sciences related to nutrition and nutrient function. The course will integrate examples of community, clinical and public health policy applications throughout the term. Published journal articles from the peer reviewed literature, case histories, and public policy documents will form the basis for critical review and discussion. This is the first of a two-course sequence (NUTB 205 and NUTB 305; these courses may be taken in either order).

Pre-requisites: Nutrition Science and General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry and Human Biology or Physiology.

This online asynchronous course has a required in-person synchronous component on the Boston campus (Jaharis Center Room 156) referred to as "MNSP Residency." Enrollment cannot remain intact if a student cannot attend the associated in-person synchronous component for the course: https://nutrition.tufts.edu/documents-and-forms/mnsp-person-fall-2023-residency-schedule 

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript - Bachelor's + 3.0 GPA. You will be contacted after registration for required evidence of immunization; please contact lucia.fenney@tufts.edu with any questions regarding immunizations.

Instructor Approval: During registration, you will be asked to explain how you meet the pre-requisites for this course and to describe any relevant experience. The instructor will use this information to confirm your enrollment or will otherwise be in touch with you.

Refund Policy: The refund policy for Courses at Tufts offerings is dependent on the offering type: whether the offering is a course, workshop or short course, or in-demand offering. Please refer to the section details to confirm the type of offering as well as any exceptions to the standard refund policy. The refund policies for each offering type are viewable here: https://universitycollege.tufts.edu/policies/refunds#Courses-at-Tufts-(Academic-Year--Summer-Session)

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Affiliated With:

  • Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy