• University of Leeds

Causes of Human Disease: Nutrition and Environment

Explore how nutrition and environmental factors such as toxins influence your chance of developing human disease.

31,811 enrolled on this course

Causes of Human Disease: Nutrition and Environment

Explore how nutrition and environmental factors influence our health.

On this course you’ll look at the importance of nutrition in human health and explore what happens to the body when it doesn’t receive the right nutrients. You will focus on malnutrition and obesity and how these contribute to the development of diseases, such as diabetes. Using research from the University of Leeds, you’ll learn how food can lead to ill health by carrying pathogens that cause food poisoning, or toxins linked with diseases such as cancer. You’ll then investigate environmental factors, including air pollution and its contribution to cardiovascular diseases.

Download video: standard or HD

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds Malnutrition is an important risk factor for human disease. Eating too much or too little can have negative consequences for our body. Food provides us with nutrients which are the building blocks of the body and, therefore, we need to know about those in order to keep our body healthy and prevent disease. The course will be covering a range of risk factors, including nutritional and environmental factors, that can be avoided in order to prevent disease.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds We’re going to focus on what we sometimes refer to as lifestyle risks, such as smoking and drinking alcohol, but we’ll also look at other environmental agents such as chemicals that may be in the environment, for example, in food and water. You may have seen in the news recently that there’s been quite a focus on health problems related to air pollution, particularly those arising from traffic emissions, so we will look at the reasons why air pollution causes health problems and what those problems are. Sign up now for Causes of Human Disease Nutrition and Environment.

What topics will you cover?

  • The importance of vitamins and minerals for human health.
  • Protein and Energy Malnutrition (PEM): the causes, and physical and physiological symptoms.
  • Obesity: its presentation, causes and consequences.
  • Food toxins and the risk to health.
  • Contribution of environmental toxins and the association with human disease.
  • Waterborne toxins and the impact on health.
  • Air pollution and its contribution to cardiovascular diseases.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore how poor nutrition and diet contributes to malnutrition and disease.
  • Report on the nutritional and protective qualities of specific diets.
  • Investigate toxins present in food and how they contribute to human disease.
  • Describe how waterborne chemical toxins can have an adverse effect on health.
  • Reflect on how air pollution can contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science behind causes of human disease and medicine. No previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in nursing, healthcare or social care or just wish to learn more about it, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

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.

Recommended

Ways to learn

Upgrade this course

Unlimited

Choose the best way to learn for you!

$74

$15.83/month

Billed at $189.99 for a year

Learners who upgrade are 5x as likely to complete the course!*Endless possibilities!
Access to this courseticktick
Access to ALL eligible short courses with additional benefits, for a yearcrosstick
Discuss your learning in commentsticktick
Tests to boost your learningticktick
Certificate when you're eligiblePrinted and digitalDigital only
Join and Upgrade

Ways to learn

Upgrade this course for extra benefits, or buy Unlimited to access this course and hundreds of other short courses for a year. Or, join this course with free basic access, limited to 4 weeks (excludes tests and certificates).

Upgrade this course

$74

Learners who upgrade are 5x as likely to complete the course!*

  • Access to this course
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
  • Printed and digital certificate when you’re eligible

Unlimited

$15.83/month

Billed at $189.99 for a year

Endless possibilities!

  • Access to this course
  • Access to ALL eligible short courses with additional benefits, for a year
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
  • Digital certificate when you're eligible

Basic access

Free

Try before you buy

  • Limited access to course content for 4 weeks

Find out more about certificates, Upgrades or Unlimited.

Sale price available until 6 December 2021 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply.

Join this course for free with basic access. Access to this course only limited to 4 weeks. Excludes tests and certificates.

*FutureLearn considers a short course complete when a learner has engaged with 90% of the content. For enrolments to short courses with the possibility of Upgrade in the year of 2020, enrolments with an Upgrade are completed 5.31 times as often as enrolments with basic access

*FutureLearn considers a short course complete when a learner has engaged with 90% of the content. For enrolments to short courses with the possibility of Upgrade in the year of 2020, enrolments with an Upgrade are completed 5.31 times as often as enrolments with basic access

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

Want to know more about learning on FutureLearn? Using FutureLearn

Learner reviews

Learner reviews cannot be loaded due to your cookie settings. Please and refresh the page to view this content.

Do you know someone who'd love this course? Tell them about it...

You can use the hashtag #FLnutritionenv to talk about this course on social media.