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Nutrition, Infection and Immunity

4th Term
International 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

Basic knowledge of immunology, microbiology and nutrition is desirable.

Knowledge of the interactions between nutrition and immune function is fundamental to understanding risk of both infectious and chronic diseases.
Provides an overview of the relationships between nutrition, infection, and immunity, with a focus on established and emerging public health problems. Discusses the impact of the immune response on nutrient metabolism, nutritional status, and interpretation of biomarkers. Examines the deleterious effects of malnutrition on host barrier defenses and innate, humoral, cell-mediated immunity, and mucosal immunity. Presents case studies on the synergistic and antagonistic interactions between nutrition and immune function--ranging from infectious diseases to immune-mediated and metabolic diseases.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the interplay between the human immune response and nutritional status
  2. Explain the general effects of malnutrition on host immune function
  3. Discuss the implications for nutritional interventions and disease control in low- and middle-income countries
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Group Presentation
  • 20% Discussion Forum activities
  • 10% Livetalk participation
  • 30% Quizzes
Special Comments

For students with a limited background in immunology, microbiology, and/or nutrition, self-study materials are provided.