New Online Course: Introduction to DHS Nutrition Indicators

Written by: The DHS Program

26 Jan, 2022

Nutrition is a cornerstone of health and development. Tracking nutrition indicators is key to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. 

Introduction to Nutrition Indicators in DHS Surveys, the latest open course offered on The DHS Program Learning Hub, is available for free with a simple registration. This course is designed to orient professionals from government, civil society, multilateral organizations, and all data users to the nutrition indicators reported in DHS surveys. It is organized into 12 modules: 

Child nutritional status

Adolescent and adult nutritional status
Child growth monitoring

Infant and young child feeding (IYCF)

Women's dietary practices

Nutrition counseling
Anemia status
Micronutrient supplementation and deworming in children
Food or cash assistance, deworming, and iron-containing supplementation during pregnancy
Salt iodization

Optional anthropometric data quality
Optional food insecurity

In Introduction to Nutrition Indicators in DHS Surveys, you will learn how the nutrition indicators reported in DHS surveys are collected, defined, and interpreted.  Expect to spend between 2-3 hours completing this self-paced course. To register and access the Introduction to Nutrition Indicators in DHS Surveys course, click the button below, create a new Learning Hub account, and get ready to learn! 

Featured image © Mercato Africano, 


  • The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries. The DHS Program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Contributions from other donors, as well as funds from participating countries, also support surveys. The project is implemented by ICF.

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