HNH-32106 Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Diseases

Code last year: (HNE-32106)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work8
Excursion (one day)3
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. JM Geleijnse
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. JM Geleijnse
dr. MR Mensink
LK Küpers
prof. dr. ir. J Keijer
dr. ir. GJEJ Hooiveld
dr. G Camps
I van der Stelt, MSc
Examiner(s)prof. dr. JM Geleijnse

Continuation courses:

MSc thesis


This course will discuss the newest insights on the role of diet, lifestyle and body composition in the aetiology, treatment and prognosis of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus. Lectures will be provided by teachers involved in different disciplines of cardiometabolic research, i.e. on the level of the population, individual and cell. The course is structured around different themes: 1) pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases, 2) pathophysiology of diabetes, 3) role of nutrition, 4) molecular aspects, and 5) clinical aspects.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the biological processes that contribute to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes;
- understand the role of dietary factors in the etiology and treatment of cardiometabolic diseases;
- understand the types of measurements and techniques that are used in the research field of nutrition and cardiometabolic disorders;
- understand major diagnostic criteria and medical treatment of cardiometabolic diseases;
- understand the role of (epi)genetic factors and the microbiome in the cardiometabolic disease process;
- form an opinion on a controversial topic in the field of nutrition and cardiometabolic diseases, based on evidence from different disciplines;
- discuss your opinion with others and express your views in a report and a debate.


Lectures; working class; lab practical; group work to form an opinion on a controversial topic; group debate; excursion to the hospital; self-study of literature, guidelines and other materials.


Written exam with open questions. The final course mark is based on the mark for the exam (75%) and the group report (25%).


Will be announced in the course guide.

Restricted Optional for: MNHNutrition and HealthMScF: Food Digestion and Health2AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScD: Sensory Science2AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology2AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScB: Nutritional Physiology and Health Status2AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScC: Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology2AF