Global malnutrition continues to represent one of the most challenging issues of international development. Problems of both under- and overnutrition beginning as early as in utero can detrimentally influence the health, development and survival of resource-limited populations. This course introduces students to the most prevalent nutritional issues through a food policy perspective and exposes them to a wide variety of interventions, policies and current debates in the field of international nutrition. In addition to exploring the multi-level programmatic approaches for the prevention and treatment of the related nutritional problems, students will gain exposure and experience in program design and program proposal writing. Readings will involve both real-world programmatic documents/evaluations as well as peer-reviewed journal articles. Examples will be drawn from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Format: seminar; This class will be remote. Each week students will typically be asked to (1) watch a series of short lectures- think 10-15' clips, (2) read peer reviewed articles and post on discussion boards (3) attend synchronous meetings - both in small groups of and as a whole class during assigned class time. Instructor will also be available for one-on-one online meetings/check-ins.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
six 1-page essays, one final term paper (10-15 pages), one oral presentation, and active class participation
PHLH 201 or permission of instructor
Public Health concentrators
Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
As a writing skills course, students will write six 1-page essays (each with an optional rewrite) which will help build the specific writing skills necessary for the final 10- to 15 page paper. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
This course exposes the issues of difference, power and inequity by exploring the unequal distribution of resources and power at the global, national and intra-national level within the international nutrition context. We will also critically engage with issues of power, cultural difference and related ethics in the context of international development and nutrition programming.
PHLH Nutrition,Food Security+Environmental Health