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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Nutrition and Health - Macronutrients and Overnutrition Certificate in collaboration with Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX. Learn from the top professors of Wageningen University & Research about macronutrients and overnutrition and how they impact humans.

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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 Nutrition and Health - Macronutrients and Overnutrition course offered by EdX in partnership with Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX, 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.

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

Programme Structure

  • Module 1: Basic Principles
  • Module 2: Carbohydrates
  • Module 3: Carbohydrates and Health (verified learner only)
  • Module 4: Lipids
  • Module 5: Lipids and Health (verified learner only)
  • Module 6: Proteins and Health
  • Module 7: Energy homeostasis sand energy balance
  • Module 8: Weight management
  • Module 9: Nutrition and Sports (verified learner only)

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 63 days
    • 6 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Basic biology

Tuition Fee

Add a Verified Certificate for $199 USD

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