Global Nutrition

Subject course
Eva-Charlotte Ekström
Women's and Children's Health
Drottningatan 4, Uppsala
University Hospital, 751 85 Uppsala
20 Jan 2014 to 7 March 2014
IMCH, Drottningatan 4, Uppsala
7 weeks, full-time

The course addresses current global nutrition problem and is an advanced level course of 10 ECTS appropriate for Master and PhD students with special focus on this field. The expected student investment time (SIT) is 300 h. The course consists of lectures seminars, group assignments, individual reading and writing of a literature review.

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to:
• Outline the magnitude, prevalence and geographical distribution of the main under and overnutrition related problems in low-income settings and societies undergoing the nutrition transition and their current trends.
• Map and appraise the importance of the causes of malnutrition and evaluate their consequences for public health and societal development as related to millennium development goals (MDG)
• Predict the consequences of climate change on food and nutrition security as well as analyse effects of food production and choice of diet on climate change
• Outline steps to assess dietary intake and nutritional status in the community and justify selection of indices for assessment
• Apply anthropometric standardization procedures, interpret and judge the results of the standardization
• Demonstrate practical skills in using WHO International Growth Standard to calculate z-scores from anthropometric data and calculate prevalence of malnutrition as well as interpret the results
• Outline the current recommendations for optimal infant feeding practices and control of micronutrient deficiencies in infants, children and women as well as propose and critically appraise public health strategies for their implementation
• Map and analyse critical factors for implementation of nutrition programmes and propose and justify strategies for effective programmes
• Outline main principles of management and rehabilitation of sever acute malnutrition in children and discuss difficulties in its integration in primary health care programmes
• Critically read, analyse, synthesize, present and discuss literature addressing global nutritional problems.

The course analyses the role of nutrition in development including the threat of climate change. It has modules on infant and child nutrition and women’s nutrition in the life cycle where current problems and recommendations for interventions are analysed. This include issues related to nutrition transition. The course also includes a module on assessment of diet and nutrition in the community which include training in practical skills in standardisation of assessment and conversion of anthropometric data to z-scores. It presents programmatic approaches for prevention and control of malnutrition and analyses issues of relevance for effective nutrition programmes. A special module outlines management and rehabilitation of severely malnourished children.

Prerequesite is university degree, minimum of 180 ECTS, in medicine, nursing, nutrition or another area relevant to global health. English proficiency (IELTS min 6, TOEFL min 550 paper based test). For admission as PhD course contact course leader, before application. Deadline application 15 October, 2013 for course in 2014. For further information contact Jenny Thor (

Different assessments procedures are used to measure attainment of learning objectives; 1) written 3h examination (60 % of course grade) and 2) an individual literature review of 1500 words and its presentation in a poster (40% of course grade) and 3) participation in compulsory seminars and tutorials
The grades awarded are fail, pass or pass with distinction. Participants who do not receive a passing grade have the right to redo their examinations.

Literature is predominantly based on papers from scientific journals and reading list is revised yearly

Eva-Charlotte Ekström

Jenny Thor (

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