Courses Details

NUTR591: Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition I

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3-1 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Anderson, Olivia (Online MPH); Anderson, Olivia (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: College level biology; college level chemistry or biochemistry
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: As an expert in maternal and child nutrition, you will be able to advocate for, communicate and apply your knowledge about nutritional requirements that support individual- and population-level maternal and child health. You will examine the consequences of malnutrition at critical life stages and major interventions implemented in the US to address these consequences. We will apply our knowledge about social determinants of health in regard to meeting maternal and child nutritional requirements. Finally, we will explore the significance of nutrient status during the preconception life stage to prepare you for Maternal and Child Nutrition II.
  • Learning Objectives: -Identify the macro- and micronutrients critical for normal human growth and development -Outline the dietary guidelines in the US -Understand the biological basis of general nutrient requirements during pre-conception, pregnancy, lactation, infancy and childhood -Analyze the health consequences of malnutrition at critical life stages -Examine socioeconomic and cultural barriers to meeting nutrient needs -Investigate the impact of environmental exposures on maternal and child health -Discuss major nutritional interventions implemented in the United States -Communicate evidenced-based nutritional information to a targeted audience -Analyze nutrient status in regard to reproductive health at the preconception life-stage