IMTF: Malnutrition eLearning course

In order to ensure continued availability of the malnutrition eLearning Course and the award of a certificate of completion, the content has been migrated to a new platform accessible through the Virchow website.

The content and quality assurance of the learning remain the same, and under the responsibility and auspices of the International Malnutrition Task Force of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. The new platform will ensure that the content and quality can continue to be maintained and will facilitate learning which embraces the updated WHO Guidelines on the Treatment of Severe Malnutrition.

You can work through this course by accessing modules or units in any order. You can access them by clicking on the links or the images for each module or unit as required.

Course Introduction

Module 1: Definition and classification of malnutrition

Module 2: How to identify children with malnutrition

Module 3: How to manage children with malnutrition

About the course

This eLearning resource is delivered through an interactive, contextualised and media-rich course which has been validated by experts in the field. It has been developed to train health professionals in the underlying principles of nutrition and to develop their competency in applying their knowledge to their workplace setting.


  • Dr Sunhea Choi, University of Southampton (UoS) UK
  • Dr Reginald Annan, KNUST Ghana
  • Trevor Pickup, UoS UK
  • Dr Andy Pulman, UoS UK
  • Professor Ann Ashworth Hill, LSHTM UK
  • Professor Alan A Jackson, UoS UK
  • Faculty of Medicine eLearning, UoS UK


  • University of Southampton
  • IMTF and its governors (WHO, UNICEF, IAEA, and IPA
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Virchow Medical Information Systems


How do I start a course?
The course offer self-directed learning. You can start it at any time.
How long will it take to complete the course?
Each module will take you about 1.5 to 2 hours. And you can use the course as many times as you like.
Do I need experience to take the course?
No. The course is very comprehensive and it is easy to build your understanding in the area.
What do I do if I do not understand the content?
So far no one has reported that the content is difficult to understand. The course is designed to support you to build knowledge in a very interactive, contextualised and reflective manner. Your learning experience should hopefully enjoyable.
Why is the resource asking me to trust this content to connect to the Internet?
This resource uses Adobe Flash to display and run the individual course modules. Depending on which web browser you use to access this course, you might come across the following message "Do you trust this content to connect to the Internet?" which might appear if, for example, you click on exit to close a module window or ask to open the Module 1 activities Word document. It is ok to say yes to this question as this is due to your web browser settings and you will not be connected to the Internet in these cases.
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