Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Skye Peltier


Child malnutrition is a pandemic that is affecting children less than age five globally. Although worldwide the percentage of stunting for children less than five declined by 30% between 2000 and 2016, still more than three million undernourished children die each year with a majority affected in developing countries.2 Chronic malnutrition results in stunting and wasting, which increases the risk of many health complications. The most prevalent risk factors for the development of child malnutrition in Central America are interrelated indicating there are multiple causes of malnutrition. The five risk factors that will be addressed in this paper are: 1) socioeconomic status, 2) maternal education, 3) infectious disease, 4) lack of access to healthcare, and 5) ethnicity.