Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients and Overnutrition
Food plays a central role in our society but few people actually understand what it does to our bodies. Learn more about nutrition and how our diet profoundly impacts our current and future health. This introductory nutrition course addresses the relationship between nutrition and human health with a focus on health problems related to overnutrition.
In this course, Professor Sander Kersten from Wageningen University will introduce you to the chemistry of the three macronutrients fat, carbohydrate and protein. You will learn how macronutrients are absorbed, stored, and metabolized for energy, and you will gain a contemporary view of how different types of fats, carbohydrates and proteins affect human health. Moreover, the course will cover energy homeostasis and the regulation of bodyweight, and provides ample coverage of the topic of obesity. Finally, it will make you familiar with nutritional research and research methodologies.
The MOOC Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients and Overnutrition is especially useful for health care professionals and people working in the food industry with a non-nutrition background. You will develop a critical mindset by learning to better weigh and interpret information about food, nutrition and health.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-Paced Online
Suitability - Who should attend?
The prerequisites are basic biology.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
What you'll learn
- Introduction to the field of food and nutritionComposition of foods
- Basic chemistry of carbohydrates, fat and protein
- How macronutrients are absorbed, stored and metabolized
- How macronutrients may impact health
- How to better weigh and interpret the information overload about nutrition and health
Training Course Content
Module 1: Basic Principles
In the first module you will be introduced into the basics of nutritional science and you will learn about the different study designs that are used in nutrition research.
Module 2: Carbohydrates
In this module you will be introduced to the basics of carbohydrates.
Module 3: Carbohydrates and Health (verified learner only)
In this module we will focus on the health effects of one specific group of carbohydrates: sugar.
Module 4: Lipids
This module will teach you the basics of fats or lipids.
Module 5: Lipids and Health (verified learner only)
This module will start out by discussing cardiovascular (heart) disease and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and will go on to explore the effects of fatty acids on cholesterol.
Module 6: Proteins and Health
The module starts with the basics of dietary protein, and will go on to address the question of what specific health effects can be attributed to dietary protein.
Module 7: Energy homeostasis sand energy balance
In this module we will look at the balance between food (energy) intake and exergy expenditure.
Module 8: Weight management
This module concentrates on weight management and the topic of obesity.
Module 9: Nutrition and Sports (verified learner only)
In this extra module we look at the impact of nutrition on exercise
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Wageningen University & Research, a partner institute of EdX.
6-8 hours per week
- Verified Track -$199
- Audit Track - Free