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Nutrition and Health

Macronutrients and Overnutrition

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 our diet profoundly impacts our current and future health. This 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 & Research will explain about the composition of the three macronutrients: carbohydrates, fat and protein. You will learn about their role in the body (how they are absorbed, stored and metabolized for energy) and their impact on our health. Moreover, this course will cover energy homeostasis and the regulation of body weight. You will learn about overweight and obesity and strategies to improve and combat these problems of overnutrition. Finally, the course will make you familiar with nutritional research and research methodologies.


This course 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.

This course, is part of the Food, Nutrition and Health Professional Certificate Program of Wageningen University & Research. Did you already complete Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition? That is the other course in the Food, Nutrition and Health Professional Certificate Program. To explore other learning opportunities about nutrition, have a look at the courses: 
  • Food Risks
  • Human Microbiome
  • Nutrition and Cancer
  • Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes

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Rating 4.0 based on 13 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 6 - 8 hours per week
Starts Mar 5 (in 3 weeks)
Cost $99
From Wageningen University & Research, WageningenX via edX
Instructor Sander Kersten
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Language English
Subjects Science Personal Development
Tags Biology & Life Sciences Food & Nutrition Health & Safety

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Sander Kersten really knows his stuff.

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This is a very good course for anybody wanting basics in nutrition science and some clarity around all the conflicting information about nutrition.

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The language part is a little challenging yet there is some humour and an expectation that we should understand the information at the end, not just know how to get the right answers on the test.

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Wageningen University & Research

Rating 4.0 based on 13 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 6 - 8 hours per week
Starts Mar 5 (in 3 weeks)
Cost $99
From Wageningen University & Research, WageningenX via edX
Instructor Sander Kersten
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Personal Development
Tags Biology & Life Sciences Food & Nutrition Health & Safety