Free Online Course on Micronutrients and Malnutrition

The Wageningen University & Research is offering free online course on Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition. This course is especially useful for health care professionals and people working in the food industry with a non-nutrition background.

In this seven-week course, applicants will learn about malnutrition and micronutrients and how they impact human health. This course will start on March 13, 2018.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 6-8 hours pw
Subject: Biology and natural sciences
Institution: Wageningen University & Research and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on March 13, 2018

Providers’ Details

Wageningen University and Research center is dedicated to exploring the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Learn more about WUR.

About This Course

There is an overload of information about nutrition and health, but what is the truth and what can you do to improve the health of your patients? Learn more about nutrition and how we diet profoundly our current and future health. This course addresses the relationship between nutrition and human health, with a focus on health problems related to malnutrition.

Why Take This Course?

In this course, Professor Sander Kersten from Wageningen University & Research will explain about the micronutrient (vitamins, minerals, and trace elements) content of foods. You will learn about their role in the body and their impact on our health.

Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction to the field of food and nutrition
  • Composition of foods
  • Basic chemistry of vitamins and minerals
  • The role of vitamins and minerals in the body
  • The Impact of malnutrition on global disease burden
  • Nutritional strategies to improve nutritional status and combat malnutrition
  • How to better weigh and interpret the information about nutrition and health


Sander Kersten
Professor, Division of Human Nutrition
Wageningen University & Research

Alida Melse
Assistant Professor, Division of Human Nutrition
Wageningen University & Research

Inge Brouwer
Associate Professor, Division of Human Nutrition
Wageningen University & Research

Guido Hooiveld
Assistant Professor, Division of Human Nutrition
Wageningen University & Research


Undergraduate basic biology

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