Aim and Content
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: poverty, population and urbanisation, water and other environmental issues, the Millennium development goals and food as a Human Right. The epidemiology of global nutritional problems and their current trends.
- Health and nutrition. The influence of nutrition on health, nutrition and immunity, diseases of poverty, maternal and child health, breastfeeding, HIV/Aids and tuberculosis.
- Food production and nutrition in low-resource settings. Overview of crop and livestock systems, household fuel, food security and food production, post-harvest technology, gender issues in food production, marketing and participatory rural appraisal.
At the end of the course the students will
- have an updated overview of the nutritional challenges globally in our world today, and regional trends in nutritional indicators.
- have an increased awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of nutritional problems in low-income countries.
- be familiar with the concept of food as a human right.
- have a good understanding of the interaction between nutrition and health, especially in low-resource settings,
- have a good understanding of constraints in food production globally and in low-resource settings
- be familiar with the commonest food crops in the world, smallholders production systems, subsistence farmers strategies, livestock
At the end of the course the students will be able to:
- Give an updated overview of the nutritional challenges and trends in different parts of the world, especially in low-income countries.
- Describe the relation between food production, nutrition and health, and especially in low-income countries.
- Describe the different food production systems in the world and their consequences for nutrition.
- Use and evaluate nutritional indicators
- Describe the concept of food as a human right.
Course offered (semester)
Language of Instruction
English (or Norwegian if all students are Norwegian-speaking)
Centre for international health
Access to the Course Unit
International programmes and agreements; Master`s programme in International health; Master`s programme in Oral Sciences; Master`s programme in health sciences - Health promotion; Master of Philosophy in Health Promotion; PhD - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Recommended previous knowledge
The course is targeted for those holding a bachelor´s degree in 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.
The course is full-time and comprises lectures, demonstrations, seminars and individual studies. Group discussions guided by the faculty highlight ongoing research, debate and relevant articles. A group project is assigned as an educational tool to depict current issues in the field of nutrition.
Demonstrations, group assignments, computer sessions and examination will be compulsory (requirement; at least 80 % attendance).
Written exam and group presentations of group assignments.
- 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.
- UN Standing Committee on Nutrition. 5th report on the world nutrition situation. UN SCN Geneva 2004
- Selected parts of Bowman BA, Russel RM (eds). Present knowledge in Nutrition (9th Ed). ILSI Washington 2004.
- Savage King, F and Burgess, A. Nutrition for developing countries. Oxford University Press, Oxford 1993.
- UNICEF. The state of the world´s children, Annual Yearbook.
Place of Teaching
Centre for International Health, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bergen
Course Unit Evaluation
Centre for International Health
Tel: 55588560; e-mail: email@example.com