Title: Global Nutrition
Keywords: Research (in general)
Health Policy (incl. advocacy)
Child health
Country: Norway
Institution: Norway - Centre for International Health, Universitetet i Bergen
Course coordinator: Prof. Ingunn Marie S. Engebretsen
Date start: 2018-04-09
Date end: 2018-05-03
About duration and dates: Pre-reading before the course starts: 0,5 ECTS/15 hrs SIT +3 weeks full-time study, The course will run from 9 – 27 April and the written exam will take place 3 May.
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Blended-learning
Course location: University of Bergen, Norway
ECTS credit points: 5 ECTS credits
SIT: The course time of three weeks is broken down as follows:
- 44 hrs of fixed hours: lectures 37, 5 hrs lectures (including food demonstration, data lab) and 6,5 hrs group work dissemination and exam
- 6 hrs e-learning, tutor lead (1 day)
- 35 hrs group work
- 50 hrs individual reading
In addition, the course requires pre-reading of 15 hours.
Language: English
At the end of this module students should be able to
1. Appraise the interdisciplinary nature of nutritional problems in low-income countries
2. Differentiate regional trends in nutritional indicators;
3. Relate diet, nutritional status and socio-economic factors to public health and social development
4. Recognise epidemiological models for assessing the interaction between nutrition and child health/development in low-resource settings
5. Design relevant nutrition research strategies for a given nutritional problem in a specific LMIC setting
6. Relate gender, trade and climate change to the production of the commonest food crops in the world, smallholder’s production systems, subsistence farmers’ strategies and livestock
7. Explain the role of food and nutrition in international development and the UN system and discuss the human rights to water and food
Assessment Procedures:
Three separate assessments will be combined to the students final grade:
1. One individual assignment: 33.3% (submission at the midpoint of the course, before the exam – individual feedback will be given). The assignment is 800-1200 words and the task is to respond to nutrition recommendations from a policy document considering sustainability and equity perspectives; With respect to testing any of the learning objectives of the course.
If the student does not pass, the student is allowed to resit shortly after, during the same semester
2. One group presentation: 33.3% ; the groups will give a 2000-3000 word contribution on topics covering nutritional epidemiology; trends and development from regional and global perspectives, and present this at an oral presentation towards end of course, before the exam. Feedback will be given to the group. If the group does not pass, the group will be allowed to resit shortly after, during the same semester. Also, if any individual member of the group do not pass, the individual will be allowed to resit with an individual presentation shortly after, during the same semester.
3.One 2 h multiple choice and short text answer exam: 33.3%

Grades A-F

The student needs to pass the individual assignment and the group presentation before being allowed to sit for the final 2h exam.
If the student fails to pass the 2 h exam, he/she will be allowed to resit for this 2 h exam later in the same semester.
The course content is divided into three parts:

Overview of global nutrition:
Overview of the world nutrition situation in relation to other critical issues for our common future, including:
-Poverty, demographic changes, water, sanitation and other environmental issues, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and food as a Human Right
-Epidemiological trends on global nutritional problems

Health and nutrition:
The influence of nutrition on the health status, including:
- Immunity
- Diseases of poverty
- Maternal and child health
- Breastfeeding
- HIV/Aids
- Tuberculosis.

Food production and nutrition in low-resource settings:
- Overview of crop and livestock systems, household fuel, food production, post-harvest technology, marketing and participatory rural appraisal.
- Food security and gender issues in food production.
- A food and crop seminar for students to research and present farming and production systems, environmental aspects, nutritional and health values of the respective chosen crop (roots, legumes, lentils and vegetables uncommon in HICs); this seminar includes preparing the crop for eating.
Assigned pre-reading of course literature provides necessary background information to follow the course. This will be informed via the electronic course platform. Each day has a mixture of lectures and practical sessions, with group work or individual work on specific assignments and the use of the computer laboratory for data analysis under supervision. The lectures are interactive, and course participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss during all sessions.
The group work also facilitates student-to-student interaction. The individual tasks facilitate direct feedback from lecturer. The reference literature will be made available online at least 2 weeks in advance of the course. Scientific papers will be handed out for reading, group work and presentations/discussions in plenary together with the course facilitators/lecturers. This part test mostly the learning objective on epidemiological models and trends. This tests particularly learning objective 2 and 4.
About 33% (44+6/ 150 SIT) of the course is lectures/tutor contact; 23 % is group work and 43% is individual work writing tasks and reading.
Mainly the learning objectives 1,3, 5, 6 and 7 will be tested in this part.
Students admitted to a Masters degree Programme may join this course (e.g. TropEd Europe network). Good working knowledge of English (TOEFL score of at least 550 points paper-based or 213 points computer-based, or an equivalent approved test) is required.
The course is targeted for those holding a bachelor´s degree in nutrition; agriculture, food and nutrition, medicine, social anthropology or other allied health professions. Previous work experience in a low-income country is a merit. Precedence will be given to those registered for an MSc or PhD programme.
Maximum 40 students in total, including max. 10 Troped students. Minimum 5 students.
Preference will be given to those registered for an MSc or PhD programme in international health/global heath; Master in clinical or human nutrition at University of Bergen and Troped students. Other students from other health disciplines at a master level can also attend, as well as students from other universities outside Bergen/tropEd.
No course fee, only a semester fee to the student union of around 500 NOK; about 55 Euro must be paid by students outside the University of Berge; to cover administrative cost.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in May 2017. This accreditation is valid until May 2022.
Recommended relevant literature is listed below. The literature list on papers is under yearly editing. Details on the reading plan will be given at the start of each course.

Lindstrand A, Bergström S, Rosling H, Rubenson B, Stenson B, Tylleskär T. Global health - an introductory textbook. Studentlitteratur, Lund 2006.
Antonsson-Ogle, B, Gustafsson, O, Hambraeus L and Holmgren G, Tylleskär T. Nutrition, agriculture and health when resources are scarce. 2nd ed. Uppsala University, Uppsala 2000
Savage King, F and Burgess, A. Nutrition for developing countries. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015 3rd ed.

UN Standing Committee on Nutrition. 6th report/latest on the world nutrition situation. UN SCN Geneva 2010
Selected parts of Bowman BA, Russel RM (eds). Present knowledge in Nutrition (9th Ed). ILSI Washington 2004.
UNICEF. The state of the world´s children, Annual Yearbook.

Freestanding research papers:
The Lancet series on nutrition and child development 2003; 2007; 2008; 2003 (pre-reading assignment)
-Relevant papers – annual update of literature list (30-40 individual research papers)
Email Address: ingunn.engebretsen@uib.no
Date Of Record Creation: 2017-06-22 14:28:06 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2017-06-22 19:01:51 (W3C-DTF)
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