HNH-11804 Introduction to the field of Nutrition and Health

Code last year: (HNE-11804)


Credits 4.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work22
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. O van de Rest
Lecturer(s)dr. G Camps
prof. dr. ir. E Kampman
prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
prof. dr. ir. CPGM de Groot
prof. dr. MF Verweij
prof. dr. RF Witkamp
prof. dr. ir. J Keijer
SM Zijlstra MSc
prof. dr. ir. IMCM Rietjens
prof. dr. ir. P van 't Veer
prof. dr. ir. EJM Feskens
dr. ir. O van de Rest
prof. dr. ir. HFJ Savelkoul
prof. dr. ir. AH Kersten
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. CPGM de Groot
dr. ir. O van de Rest

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

HNH-10806 Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients, Energy and Health


The course is an introduction to the research field of nutrition and health.
Students are introduced to:
- academic and evidence based thinking and development of scientific research designs;
- the nature and content of the broad field of nutrition and health, addressing Nutrition and Health over the Lifecourse, Nutrition and Disease, Nutrition and Pharmacology, Sensory Science and Eating Behaviour, Nutrition, Metabolism and Genomics, Human and Animal Physiology, Toxicology and Cell biology and Immunology;
- the context and application of nutritional research.

Furthermore the course allows students to develop academic skills:
- working in groups.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
- apply the concept of evidence based thinking on popular diets, blogs, and advertisements for supplements and to outline research questions and a corresponding research design to provide scientific evidence to support (or reject) the statements made;
- define and describe scientific fields of nutrition in relation to human health at the level of cell, individual and population;
- understand the context and application of nutritional research;
- work together to solve assignments group wise.


The course is composed of (guest)lectures, knowledge clips and group work. Students are introduced to the different fields within the domain of nutrition in both the lectures, knowledge clips and group assignments.


Students will be examined on the written products of their group work and their individual contribution to group work.

Note: in principle, grades will be assigned per group. However, if necessary, the examiner may decide to grade (some of) the group members individually. All grades will be based on a pre-defined rubric.


Will be provided in Brightspace.

Compulsory for: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc2MO