NNEK15000U CANCELLED: Nutrition in Global Health

Volume 2017/2018

MSc Programme in Agricultural Development

MSc Programme in Human Nutrition


The course will focus on nutrition themes relevant to global health.

The themes include:

  • Infant and child nutrition
  • Prevention and treatment of undernutrition
  • Nutrition and infections
  • Nutrition transition and the double burden


Although the focus is on nutrition and health science, the themes will be seen in a broader context and a social science perspective will be included when relevant.

Learning Outcome

After completion of the course the students should be able to:


  • Describe the major nutrition problems related to global health
  • List the most vulnerable population groups and explain the underlying determinants



  • Evaluate the determinants of nutrition problems in low income settings
  • Discuss strengths and limitations of strategies to prevent and treat nutrition-related global health challenges



  • Critically assess scientific literature, identify knowledge gaps and develop plans for further studies
  • Interact in interdisciplinary teams and suggest feasible solutions to nutrition related global health challenges.

Digital compendium.

The participants are expected to have some knowledge of human nutrition before signing up for this course.
The course is using blended learning and consists of three weeks full time online teaching followed by two weeks intensive full time teaching at Frederiksberg Campus. Online-lectures and discussions and self-assessment tests will be blended with short face-to-face lectures, group exercises, and journal clubs.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • E-Learning
  • 55
  • Exam
  • 27
  • Lectures
  • 10
  • Practical exercises
  • 14
  • Preparation
  • 60
  • Theory exercises
  • 40
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 27 hours
The exam consists of a written take home assignment, based on scientific papers. The students have 27 hours to do the assignment and are allowed to use all course literature, notes, Internet and to discuss, but each student has to make an individual answer and is not allowed to copy writing from other students. The evaluation will consider analytical skills and strength of the arguments and the overall structure of the answer.
Exam registration requirements

Participants must pass all three end-of-week online tests during the online part of the course.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More assessors.

Form: Oral examination. 24 hours preparation and 30 minutes examination.

Students who have not fulfilled exam registration requirements must pass all three required online tests no later than 2 weeks prior to reexamination.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcome.