Cornell University

Undernutrition Basics

Jean-Pierre Habicht, MD, PhD
Cornell University


  1. To register for the UNICEF training course, you must first be registered as a member of Cornell NutritionWorks. After clicking the above button, you will be given instructions about how to do this.
  2. Registration is free.
  3. Once you have registered for the UNICEF training course, you will have 4 months (120 days) to complete it. If you don’t complete the course within 4 months, you will need to re-register.

Programming for Infant and Young Child Feeding

This training course aims to enhance the competencies and build capacity of UNICEF staff and counterparts who are involved in Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programmes in developing countries. This includes programme development, programme implementation, programme evaluation, and other related activities for improving nutrition and health outcomes of infants, young children and women.

The training course consists of 14 units, including 11 lectures and 3 case studies:

Essentials of IYCF

  1. Essentials of Malnutrition
  2. Role of IYCF in Child Survival, Growth And Development
  3. Essentials of Breastfeeding
  4. Essentials of Complementary Feeding
  5. Essentials of Nutrition for Women


  1. Comprehensive IYCF Programming
  2. Selected Interventions for Improving Breastfeeding
  3. Selected Interventions for Improving Complementary Feeding
  4. Monitoring to Strengthen IYCF Programmes

Special Topics

  1. IYCF in Emergencies
  2. IYCF in the Context of HIV/AIDS

Case Studies

  1. Case Study - Country 1
  2. Case Study - Country 2
  3. Case Study - Country 3

After completing the training, you should have:

  • Awareness of up-to-date knowledge about IYCF and nutrition for women.
  • Ability to interpret data and describe population-based problems related to IYCF.
  • Ability to recommend appropriate IYCF research, programmes, and policies to supervisors, partners, and national governments.
  • Awareness of best practices to coordinate, facilitate, manage and monitor action on recommended IYCF research, programmes, and policies.
  • Awareness of best practices to incorporate IYCF initiatives with emerging issues.

After completing all 14 units, the final exam, and a course evaluation survey, you will receive a personalized Certificate of Completion worth 14 continuing professional education units. You can also earn a Certificate of Completion for each individual Unit whether or not you complete the entire training course.