NUT 503

Nutrition Biochemistry II Online


This course reviews the relevant concepts of the biochemistry of micronutrients. This review includes the structure, biochemistry, biological function, digestion, absorption, transport, storage, and metabolism of vitamins, minerals, and water with an emphasis on their role in maintaining biochemical and physiological integrity in body systems. Graduates of this course will demonstrate a strong theoretical understanding of the mechanisms of water regulation, micronutrient and acid/base balance, and the biochemistry of disorders arising from related imbalances. Graduates will also be able to critically examine the micronutrient needs for healthy individuals and identify recommended intakes, deficiency symptoms, food sources, and toxicity for the vitamins and minerals studied.

The vitamins studied in this course include: Niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, folate, choline, B12, B6, biotin, pantothenic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin D. The minerals studied in this course include: Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium, fluoride, molybdenum, and trace elements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine nutrient metabolism and its influence on body composition, and weight management.

  • Analyze the role of exercise in health.

  • Evaluate the structure and function of micronutrients in health and disease.

  • Explain digestion, absorption, and transport of micronutrients.

  • Assess deficiency and toxicity symptoms of each micronutrient.

  • Evaluate the role of phytonutrients and nutraceuticals in integrative health.


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  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)

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Last updated 7/14/19

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Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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