What are the nutritional issues facing the world today?
Join our team of nutrition researchers and academics online to explore current, emerging and persistent global nutrition challenges.
- Train in the methods we use to monitor nutritional status on a population level.
- Study the factors that affect the nutritional status of populations.
- Learn to design, analyse and appraise intervention strategies aimed at addressing global nutritional issues.
Who is this online nutrition course for?
This distance learning nutrition course is open to anyone with an interest in global nutrition. It’s ideal for health professionals, those working in the third sector, and researchers too.
What you’ll study
This course will give you a picture of the current global nutritional status.
You’ll focus on low and middle-income countries (LMIC) but your learning is widely applicable to all populations globally.
- methods of monitoring population nutritional status
- social, economic and cultural determinants of nutritional status in different populations
- design, implementation and evaluation of nutrition interventions and programmes aimed at addressing global nutritional issues.
You’ll also get to grips with data analysis within nutrition and find out how research can make credible contributions to improving global health, disease prevention and management.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…
Explain and apply different methods for nutritional monitoring and surveillance.
Interpret and synthesise different types of data used to assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels.
Discuss current nutritional challenges globally and regionally.
Describe the social, economic and cultural factors that impact food choices and the consequences for a person’s health.
Evaluate a range of nutrition interventions used to prevent and treat different forms of malnutrition.
Critically appraise appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues.
Why study global nutrition online with the University of Aberdeen?
NHS and alumni discounts
NHS staff get 10% off this online course. University of Aberdeen alumni get 20% off.
Learn from tutors and scientists at the forefront of nutrition studies, publishing research into gut health, metabolism and obesity.
Be part of a university leading the way in nutrition, women’s health, infection control and clinical scanning, transforming lives and medical practice around the world.
How you’ll study
Our distance learning Global Nutrition course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.
This course is taught at Masters level by experienced nutrition and health researchers and academics.
Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.
You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:
- reading materials
- audio clips
- multiple-choice quizzes
- discussion boards to get to know your colleagues
- the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
- plenty of support from your tutors.
The course is made up of units. Material is released in blocks throughout the course, giving you the flexibility to suit your schedule.
This course is assessed entirely online.
You’ll be assessed online via:
- an online test (worth 20% of your final grade)
- a short video presentation (30%)
- a written report (50%).
Your assessments will have specific deadlines, but they can be done in advance to suit your commitments.
The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week.
This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
Activities at fixed times
There may be some activities scheduled for fixed times, such as assessments with deadlines or online meetings with your tutor. But otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors via email, MyAberdeen, and phone. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Your course coordinator
Dr Leone Craig
A Teaching Fellow in Applied Health Sciences, Leone has a PhD in Nutrition. She’s passionate about improving diet quality around the world and has worked as a Scientific Advisor to the Food Standards Agency Scotland. Leone’s current research includes comparing methods for the global assessment of diets.View Leone’s profile
Where this will take you
Towards a Masters
You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:
Masters in Applied Health Sciences
Fast-track your career in healthcare with our uniquely flexible MSc Applied Health Sciences. Study 100% online or combine with on-campus courses at our Foresterhill Health Campus. 10% discount for NHS staff.View MSc Applied Health Sciences
Masters in Clinical Nutrition
Join an online Nutrition degree accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Study the link between diet and health, and how issues of over and undernutrition affect populations today. 10% discount for NHS staff.View MSc Clinical Nutrition
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Join an online Master of Public Health (MPH) you can tailor to your career. Study with experts and choose from a wide range of courses to focus your training. 10% discount for NHS staff.View Master of Public Health (MPH)
Build your learning with more short courses
We have a range of online nutrition and healthcare courses you can use to build your skills.
Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:
This course is open to anyone with an interest in nutrition, global health or public health. It’s ideal for health professionals, those working in the third sector and researchers too.
Continuing professional development (CPD)
Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.
We welcome students from all over the world.
This course has no formal entry requirements. You do not need to provide proof of your qualifications.
But you do need to check the entry guidance above to understand the level of teaching delivered, to decide if this course is right for you.
If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check the equivalent teaching level for your country.
You do not need a visa to study online with us.
English language requirements
Teaching is delivered in English.
You do not have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study successfully.
Recommended level of English
This course uses our Postgraduate Higher level of English language proficiency.
These are our Postgraduate Higher requirements, and these are minimum scores.
IELTS Academic and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)
- 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening and speaking
- 6.0 for reading and writing
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition
- 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 21 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
- TOEFL DI code is 0818
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency
- 176 overall
- 162 for listening and speaking
- 169 for reading and writing
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)
- Overall High Pass
- 33 for listening, reading and speaking
- 38 for writing
PTE Academic (online test not accepted)
- 62 overall
- 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing
For more information about language qualifications see our English Language Requirements page.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:
- Windows 10 or later
- macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.
Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
- a wired connection
- a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one for some interactive sessions.
We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Ways to save
You may be able to get help funding this course via:
- discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
- employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.
This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.
The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:
- a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
- or relevant experience that supports this level of study.