Nutrition for Global Development

Explore and understand the complicated problem of malnutrition.


Video - Nutrition for Global Development


Joycelyn Kathembe, alumna and working as part of the Nutrition group at LSHTM provides a brief overview of the Nutrition for Global Development open access course.


Welcome to Nutrition for Global Development, a free open-access educational resource, supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Wellcome Trust.

This Master's-level module has been designed to explore the complicated problem of malnutrition in all its forms, highlighting its multi-sectoral causes, exploring the available evidence and identifying potential solutions.

What topics will you cover?

The new module includes sessions on:

  • The causes and consequences of malnutrition in all its forms
  • Nutritional requirements across the lifecycle
  • The importance of food system perspectives
  • The relationship between nutrition and climate change
  • Nutrition in humanitarian and fragile contexts
  • Multi-sectoral interventions to tackle the global malnutrition burden.

The module has been written by a team of academics from the Nutrition Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with important inputs from experts at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and several other partner organisations.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for students and professionals with an interest in malnutrition in all its forms.

How long will it take to complete the course?

This is a self-directed learning course and we estimate that it will take 3-5+ hours to complete each of the 7 sessions depending on how deeply you engage with the additional reading.


This course will not be assessed and there will be no certificate of attendance provided.

Craig Higgins
Craig Higgins, Pro Director of Education


"This new open access module provides the latest evidence on the importance of nutrition for global development and is an extremely timely addition to the open study materials delivered by the School. LSHTM is committed to providing world-class education and training and we are confident that these new materials will be invaluable for students, practitioners, policy makers and interested members of the public around the world."

Professor Alan Dangour
Professor Alan Dangour, Lead Educator


“The focus of the module could not be more important for global health and development as it is clear that the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be met without substantial action on malnutrition in all its forms. We are extremely grateful to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Wellcome Trust for supporting the delivery of the module.”