About this course

Why this course matters:

Globally, adolescents are greatly affected by malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. These nutritional deficiencies prevent them from realizing their dreams; they also have a serious economic impact at the national and global levels. This is especially true for girls, who have specific biological needs that are compounded by social and gender norms. Of great concern is the impact of iron-deficiency anaemia, which is the leading cause of lost years of "healthy" life for adolescent girls (disability-adjusted life years, or DALYs).


Unfortunately, adolescents are often overlooked in health and nutrition interventions, and until recently, they have not been considered a priority. This course sheds light on this issue and provides valuable insights and guidance on this unique population group.


About this course:

Designed by Nutrition International’s world-class team of technical experts and program implementers, this course fills a critical gap in knowledge. It provides practical information to apply to regional, national and global programs geared toward helping adolescents thrive and fulfill their potential. In sharing our rigorously obtained knowledge, we hope to enable other organizations to join the global battle against malnutrition.


This course is comprised of 15 modules, divided into three sections:

1.     Modules 1-5 cover adolescent nutrition, the global situation and the impact of anaemia on women and adolescent girls. This section also reviews the causes and consequences of anaemia, the role of iron in the body and existing interventions to improve adolescent nutrition.

2.     Modules 6-10 cover global guidelines and guidance, adolescent pregnancy, partnerships and programs. The section also provides an overview of Nutrition International's adolescent nutrition programs and shares lessons learned by working with adolescents.

3.     Modules 11-15 cover the link between nutrition and education, adolescent health systems, and monitoring and assessing adolescent nutrition programs. The section also discusses data gaps and research needs, as well as how to engage adolescents.



While there are no prerequisites required to begin the course, it has been designed such that learners need to complete the previous module to move on to the next.


Certificate of completion:

Once you have completed all 15 modules, you will have access to a personalized certificate of completion. If you have any questions, please email us at learning@nutritionintl.org.


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We are grateful to partner organizations for their permission to use certain images in this course. If you have questions about image permissions, please contact learning@nutritionintl.org