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Global Nutrition and Health – a legacy site

The education has been closed down, but this legacy page will give you information on the academic content, curriculum and competencies, testimonies from students, image galleries, research articles and much more.

Purpose and content

The Bachelor’s Degree in Global Nutrition and Health (GNH) is an international 3½ year higher education programme taught in English and leads to a professional bachelor’s degree. The education corresponds to 210 ECTS credits.

The purpose of the Bachelor Degree Programme in Global Nutrition and Health is to qualify the graduate to independently develop, implement and evaluate sustainable health-promotion and disease-prevention interventions.

The graduate adopts a rights-based approach to their profession and solves challenges in global nutrition and health at individual, group, and national level. The graduate possesses the competencies to participate in research and development work and in academic and vocational further and/or higher education.

Facts about GNH

  • 1st Batch of students enrolled autumn 2006
  • Last batch of students enrolled autumn 2018
  • Total number of students graduated: 604
  • Average age of students: 30
  • Approximate gender distribution: 80 % female, 20 % male

Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Republic of South Africa, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Cameroun, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, India, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, USA

1st executive order from Ministry of Education: BEK nr. 1106 af 9/11/2006
2 specialisations:
a) Public Health Nutrition and Food Policy (PHNFP)
b) Lifestyle Coaching & Fitness Management (LCFM)

2nd executive order from Ministry of Education: BEK nr. 926 af 25/08/2011
2 specialisations:
a) Public Health Nutrition and Food Policy (PHNFP)
b) Lifestyle and Health Education (LHE)

3rd executive order from Ministry of Education: BEK nr. 504 af 30/05/2016
One joint curriculum

Competencies and skills

The Bachelor’s Degree in Global Nutrition and Health provides students with a wide range of competencies, which give many opportunities in future careers. The program qualifies to promote public health nutrition, sustainability and food security through the implementation of comprehensive food and nutrition policies using communication, educational, and management strategies.

Furthermore, the programme prepares for independent work and teamwork in multicultural and interdisciplinary contexts and in a variety of settings, both in the private and public sectors to solve complex health challenges with citizens, communities, and society at local, regional, and global levels.

The purpose of the profession is, in collaboration with citizens and other professionals, to contribute to reduce inequalities in health on local, national, and global levels, by facilitating life-long healthy living for individuals, groups and social communities. The profession conducts its practice in alignment with societal, scientific, and technological development.

Semesters and content

The education consisted of 7 semesters. See detailed information about each semester below.


Introduces key concepts from health, natural and social sciences and humanities relevant for understanding the field of Global Nutrition and Health. Main subjects are concepts of health and well-being, global burden of disease and health inequalities, nutrition and dietary guidelines, physiology, biochemistry, sociology of food and intercultural communication.

Focuses on health promotion, educational theory, and practice. Main subjects are health communication, health education, theories of motivation, didactics and learning theories, and both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Focuses on local and global sustainability to promote health and health equality for individuals, groups, and communities. Main subjects are sustainability theory, food systems, food security, consumer and market mechanisms, complex interventions, Logical Framework Approach, and community development.

Focuses on nutrition and interventions targeting all across the lifespan in real life settings. The main subjects are lifespan nutrition, physical activity, planning and intervention theories and tools as Intervention Mapping, and internship.

Expands on theories and methodology from previous semesters with specific focus on global health promotion and public health, nutrition and wellbeing, as well as research and research methods carried out in culturally and socially diverse contexts.

Furthermore, students train their ability to work in inter-professional and inter-sectoral collaborations including collaboration in research and development. The underpinning topics are public health, nutrition and health inequality, wellbeing, epidemiology, complex interventions, research methods, ethics, and knowledge dissemination.

Connects all the knowledge from previous themes to be applied in real life projects to improve nutrition and promote health in local, community, national, and international settings. The underpinning topics are project management, culturally sensitive interventions, entrepreneurship & innovation, planning and mapping tools and design- and systems thinking.

Focuses on preparing the students for their future professional life through internship and the bachelor project. During their internships the students are expected to apply knowledge, skills and competencies gained throughout the education. The bachelor project is closely linked to praxis, with a focus on contributing to solving health challenges related to health and nutrition across the globe.


Global, nutrition and health students underwent two internship periods of a total of 10 + 6 weeks and a practical portfolio assignments during 6th semester.

The first internship was placed in the first 10 weeks of 4th semester. The second internship was placed in 7th semester and could be connected to the bachelor project. Both internships could be taken in Denmark or abroad

Students were engaged fulltime in their internship, which corresponded to an average workload of 40 hours per week, hereof at least 30 hours where students were present at the host placement. Attendance had to be verified by the internship host, who also provided an internship evaluation.

  • Develop professionalism and the ability to act in relation to the GNH education.
  • Practice the conversion of theory into practice.
  • Learn to handle relevant communicative, educational, development, management and policy tasks related to the GNH education.
  • Become a part of and practice the daily activities and working relationships at an institution or a private enterprise.
  • Gain experience in the profession’s main fields of competency
  • Gain experience related to the bachelor project.
  • Establish networks with potential employers and experts.

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If you have any questions about Global, nutrition and health, please contact:

International coordinator
Runa Midtvåge rumi@kp.dk