222.644.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Luigi De Luca
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Discuss the most important biochemical processes, such as DNA, RNA and protein synthesis
    • Describe the role that different essential nutrients play in these and other life processes in higher organism with special emphasis on the human organism
    • Discuss fundamental processes that permit the maintenance or nutrient homeostasis in higher organisms
    • discuss how essential nutrients govern the utilization of other nutrients and how they may control hormone synthesis and function
    • Discuss pathological observations in the field on the basis of our instructions on essential nutrient deficiency manifestations
  • Course Description
    Students learn biochemical processes, such as DNA, RNA and protein synthesis with particular emphasis on the function of essential nutrients in these processes. Covers nutritionally important aspects of carbohydrate and fat metabolism, mineral and vitamin function, and introduces essential concepts of molecular biology, such as PCR reactions and nucleic acid restriction enzymes and their use in biochemistry and molecular biology. Also includes concepts of gene knockin and knockout and their consequences. These are compared to the consequences of nutrient deficiency and excess to give the nutrition student a full appreciation of the relevance of nutritional biochemistry studies and approaches to those of molecular biology. Emphasizes the importance of nutritional management and prevention of different diseases like cardiovascular, obesity, osteoporosis, etc. Also teaches the important interplay between essential nutrients and the synthesis of various hormones.
  • Intended Audience
    Nutrition students
  • Methods of Assessment
    Attendance and class participation 45%, mid-term and final exam 55%.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Attendance and class participation 45% of total grade, mid-term and final exam 55% of total grade

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Biochemical, Physiological & Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition (2nd edition)

    By: Martha Stipanuk

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Luigi De Luca

    Jessica Houston


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