Public health nutrition is the promotion and maintenance of the nutritional health of populations, necessary for the social, cultural and economic well-being of local, national and global communities.
Based on epidemiological evidence, public health nutrition aims to modulate the range of factors known to influence nutrient-related diseases and disorders through comprehensive and collaborative activities, with the focus on issues affecting the whole population rather than the specific needs of individuals.
The overall aim of this module is to provide the student with skills to analyse public health and nutrition issues in a lifecycle perspective.
The Public Health Nutrition module will cover a wide range of topics including nutrient requirements, dietary habits, dietary guidelines, nutrient profiling overweight/obesity, type-2 diabetes, undernutrition, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, dental diseases, physical activity, pregnancy and infant and young child feeding, including breastfeeding and complementary feeding, nutrition for older adults.
Students will learn how to apply epidemiological methods to study associations between exposures and outcomes, and to evaluate the effect of nutrition interventions. Intervention mapping is used as planning and intervention tool.