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Interventions in a lifecycle perspective

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.

  • Understanding of family and age, lifecycle perspective
  • Integrating evidence in writing
  • Nutritional recommendations during pregnancy, children, adolescence, adult and elderly
  • Intervention mapping
  • Under and mal nutrition and obesity during pregnancy and the influence on mother and child
  • Disability and the influence on physical and mental wellbeing
  • Contextual and structural factors Health care systems set up related to age groups and policies
  • Cultural understanding of diseases and illness
  • Anthropometrics – all ages. Infants, children, adults and elderly, BMI (children, adult, elderly), skinfold, grow chats for children
  • Introduction to WHO e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA) and Global database on the Implementation of Nutrition Action (GINA)
  • Physical activity during pregnancy
  • Infancy, nutritional needs. Breastfeeding. Complementary feeding
  • Nutritional needs for children and adolescence
  • Physical activity for children
  • Nutritional needs for adults
  • Cancer, prevalence, risk factors and prevention. All ages in the lifecycle
  • Physical activity for adults
  • Cardio vascular diseases, prevalence, risk factors and prevention
  • Nutritional needs for elderly
  • Osteoporosis, prevalence, risk factors and prevention
  • ADL (almindelig daglig livsførelse)
  • Physical activity for elderly