Professional Course

Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition

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7 weeks
7 weeks
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Course description

Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition

There is an overload of information about nutrition and health, but what is the truth and what can you do to improve the health of your patients? Learn more about nutrition and how our diet profoundly impacts our current and future health. This course addresses the relationship between nutrition and human health, with a focus on health problems related to malnutrition.

In this course, Professor Sander Kersten from Wageningen University & Research will explain about the micronutrient (vitamins, minerals, and trace elements) content of foods. You will learn about their role in the body and their impact on our health. Moreover, this course will discuss how suboptimal nutrition may affect human health, with particular attention to malnutrition and global hunger. You will learn about strategies to improve and combat these problems of malnutrition. Finally, the course will make you familiar with nutritional research and research methodologies.

For whom?

This MOOC is especially useful for health care professionals and people working in the food industry with a non-nutrition background. You will develop a critical mind set by learning to better weigh and interpret information about food, nutrition and health. to improve overall health

Who should attend?


The prerequisites are undergraduate basic biology.

Training content

Module 1: Basic Principles of micronutrients

Start the course by learning about the general principles that apply to vitamins and minerals.

Module 2: Water, minerals, trace elements

In this module you will look at the health effects of water, and will cover the various dietary minerals.

Module 3: Fat soluble vitamins and health

Learn about the fat soluble vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin E.

Module 4: Water soluble vitamins and health

For this module, you'll shift your focus to a few of the water soluble vitamins: vitamin C, folate and vitamin B12.

Module 5: The global burden of micronutrient malnutrition

Discuss the prevalence and trends of micronutrient deficiencies and their geographical distribution. We will also talk about the double burden of malnutrition.

Module 6: Global solutions to micronutrient deficiencies

This module will outline the available strategies to alleviate micronutrient malnutrition.

Module 7: Insight in the future of Nutritional Science (verified learners only)

In this module you will get to see some of the exciting research that is currently being done in the field of Nutritional Science.

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Wageningen University & Research, a partner institute of EdX.

6-8 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$199
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to the field of food and nutrition
  • Composition of foods
  • Basic chemistry of vitamins and minerals
  • The role of vitamins and minerals in the body
  • The Impact of malnutrition on global disease burden
  • Nutritional strategies to improve nutritional status and combat malnutrition
  • How to better weigh and interpret the information about nutrition and health

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