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Nutrition and Growth in Maternal and Child Health

1st Term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Examines the impact of nutritional status on growth, development, intellectual performance, health status, and the onset and progress of chronic diseases. Considers ethnic, cultural, and environmental issues related to food intake as well as the relationship between physical activity and health. Examines the origin and basis for the identification and assessment of community need using the national nutrition monitoring system. Reviews federally funded nutrition program outcomes and their policy implication.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the biological determinants of growth, nutrition and development throughout the prenatal, fetal, childhood and adolescent periods.
  2. Examine the factors contributing to and impinging on growth during critical periods of development.
  3. Identify the interrelationship of nutritional factors influencing normal growth; and the negative consequences associated with nutritional insults.
  4. Analyze dietary data for nutrient intake, apply the results to current nutrition guidance, and recognize the advantages and limitations of the various approaches to evaluating dietary intake.
  5. Identify risk factors associated with the critical periods of growth framework and discuss their role in preventing or ameliorating results of negative exposures to growth and development during each critical period.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 50% Assignments
  • 40% Final Exam