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Nutrients in Biological Systems

East Baltimore
3rd Term
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
M, W, 3:30 - 4:20pm
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

Cellular Biochemistry of Nutrients (222.644) or prior coursework in biochemistry

Provides in-depth review of the metabolism of major macro- or micronutrients and their functional roles in a variety of biological systems. Focuses on biochemical or molecular mechanisms of how nutrients influence health and disease at the cell, tissue, organ, and regulatory network levels. Discusses emerging nutritional -omics studies and biomarkers to provide a global view of complex interactions between nutrients and genes, proteins, metabolites, and gut microbiota.  
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the role of key macro- and micronutrients in biochemical processes or physiological functions of biological systems
  2. Explain how biochemical processes or physiological functions are shaped by dietary intakes/patterns, nutritional status, and physical activity
  3. Interpret reports from the public health, clinical, or animal nutrition literature in terms of relevant biological mechanisms
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 60% Group Presentation
  • 30% Participation
  • 10% Attendance