• University of Leeds

Food Safety and Nutrition: A Global Approach to Public Health

Understand global food security issues and learn about research designed to tackle food safety and nutrition challenges.

3,542 enrolled on this course

Food safety and nutrition

Food Safety and Nutrition: A Global Approach to Public Health

3,542 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Enhance your knowledge of global food safety and nutrition issues

Food security is reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, safe, and nutritious food.

On this three week course, you’ll learn some of the challenges of ensuring food security faced by researchers, policymakers and individuals worldwide.

Understand food safety and nutrition issues and why they occur on a global scale

You’ll explore how large-scale change (industrialisation, globalisation, population growth and climate change) affects food safety and understand the consequences for the world’s health and nutrition.

Uncover the evolving challenges of ensuring food safety

Using examples from current research, you’ll explore common and emerging global food safety issues.

You’ll investigate some well- documented food scandals and scares as well as hidden or chronic exposures to contaminated food before you discover innovations designed to counter food safety risks.

Explore today’s pressing global nutrition issues

As you consider whose responsibility it is to maintain the safety of our food, you’ll learn the biological function of different nutrients and examine the global impact of nutrient deficiency and malnutrition.

You’ll also explore global nutrition challenges and ways of reducing the burden of malnutrition and nutrition deficiencies. You’ll consider the difficulties in meeting macronutrient and micronutrient requirements and explore research into developing sustainable responses to the world’s nutritional needs.

Learn from industry experts

This course draws from innovative research into food safety and nutrition conducted by the University of Leeds, Jiangsu University in China, and The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Tanzania.

This course is financially supported by the British Council.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds SPEAKER 1: Ensuring food safety and ending malnutrition by 2030 is the United Nations’ goal for development. In a world where we produce enough good quality food to feed everyone, one in four people are still food insecure. Food insecurity is a major global issue and affects both low- and high-income countries. But how do we ensure access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, safe, and nutritious food to the people that need it the most? This course brings you the latest research on developing sustainable and practical responses to these global challenges. You’ll be introduced to food safety issues and why they occur on a global scale.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds You will then examine the biological function of different nutrients and what happens to the body when it is deficient. Through case studies, you’ll delve deeper into the challenges surrounding global food safety. You will look into some well-documented food scandals and learn about innovations designed to counter food safety risks. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify current and emerging food safety and nutrition issues and be aware of research offering sustainable solutions. If you want to learn more about global issues of food safety and nutrition, join this course.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1:

  • How do we keep the world’s food safe?
  • How do we define nutrients and nutrient requirements?
  • How are food safety and nutrition connected?

Week 2:

  • What are the global challenges to food safety?
  • Global food scares and scandals
  • Hidden global challenges and chronic exposures

Week 3:

  • What are the global challenges in food and health?
  • Macronutrients: A question of quality and balance
  • Micronutrient deficiency: Solutions to a global challenge

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course is accredited by the CPD Certification Service

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify common key food safety issues and their prevalence globally
  • Describe the impact of climate, population and industrial change on current and future food safety
  • Explain the common characteristics, assessment methods and impact associated with food scares, scandals and chronic exposures
  • Engage with research into mitigating the risks of food safety issues and debate a topical food safety issue
  • Identify the relationship between macronutrient and micronutrient intake and health
  • Discuss nutritional challenges and identify those relevant in your own context
  • Engage with current research into developing sustainable and innovative approaches to meeting global nutrient needs

Who is the course for?

This course is designed to educate and train the next generation of scientists in food safety, nutrition, and agriculture and broaden public awareness of food security issues.

Who will you learn with?

Professor of Food Safety & Global Health in the University of Leeds.
For more details of my work, click https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/staff/7159/professor-yun-yun-gong

I am a Lecturer in Food Processing at the the University of Leeds since 2010. I specialise in mathematical and statistical modelling, ultrasonics and dietary exposure assessments.

I am Professor of Plant Biochemistry and Nutrition at the University of Leeds in the UK. For more information visit: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/staff/7148/professor-caroline-orfila

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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