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


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)M Defour
prof. dr. ir. AH Kersten
Lecturer(s)M Defour
Examiner(s)M Defour

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with HNH-32206 Food Components and Health.
This is a general nutrition course that addresses the relation between nutrition and human health with a focus on overnutrition. The course will get you introduced into the chemistry of the three macronutrients fat, carbohydrate and protein. It will address how macronutrients are digested, absorbed, stored, and metabolized for energy and present you with an introductory view on how different types of fats, carbohydrates and proteins affect human health.
Moreover, it will carefully analyse energy homeostasis and the regulation of bodyweight. The course will also introduce you into nutritional science and the different methodologies employed in nutritional research.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- reproduce basal knowledge on food sources, structure, digestion, absorption, transport and metabolic effects of the three macronutrients fat, carbohydrate and protein;
- demonstrate knowledge on energy intake and expenditure, physical activity, and body composition;
- understand the importance of nutrition for human health, focusing on overnutrition;
- have a basic understanding about the mechanisms underlying the effect of nutrition on health and disease.


The course includes different work forms:
- lectures; 
- practicals; 
- tutorials;
- self study of online course (composed of animations, knowledge clips, text, cartoons and exercises).


- open and closed exam questions;
- presence/participation during practicals.


All literature will be provided digitally.

Compulsory for: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc1AF