ID 217. Nutrition and Global Health


  • Professor: Wafaie Fawzi
  • Term: Spring
  • Days: F
  • Time: 2:00-3:30PM
  • School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Course ID: 190752
  • Subject Area: Biological Sciences in Public Health

The course will cover existing and emerging problems related to nutrition and global health. We will review the epidemiological, biological, behavioral, and social causes and consequences of malnutrition, with emphasis on infectious disease and maternal and child health outcomes. We will also review emerging problems related to the coexistence of over and under nutrition (double burden) present in many countries. Many of the readings will address the latest evidence on the efficacy of nutrition interventions, as this knowledge is a pre-requisite to planning sound programs. Practical aspects related to programs, including nutrition assessment, types of study design, and other aspects of monitoring and evaluation will also be presented and discussed in class.

At the end of the course students will be able to:

· Describe the different forms of malnutrition and their causes and consequences
· Understand how to assess and measure the nutritional status of populations based on dietary, anthropometric, biochemical and clinical measurements.
· Critically review the literature on the role of nutritional factors on health outcomes, and identify strengths and weaknesses of studies on global nutrition.
· Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care, and treatment of key infectious and maternal and child health outcomes.
· Integrate nutritional research findings into field programs; consider practical issues related to program design and implementation, and design an implementation research plan on a current topic related to nutrition and global health.
· Communicate research findings related to nutrition and health with leaders and policymakers in global contexts.

Requirement: Students outside of HSPH must request instructor permission to enroll in this course