YNH-30803 Professional Perspectives on Nutrition


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work6
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. AH Kersten
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. AH Kersten

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This course prepares students for life after graduation and is aimed at providing student a broad perspective on the science of nutrition. Part 1 is built around the scientific enterprise and provides students an in depth view on how one gets from a luminous idea to a scientific paper, including the numerous inevitable challenges along the way. Part 2 address the value of Nutritional Science for society. In particular, the course will dissect the complex playing field in which nutritionists operate and the embedding of their work in society.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- show detailed insight into the diverse steps needed to generate new scientific knowledge, from generating a new research question to publishing the results and disseminating the results to the general public
- show a better understanding of the complex decisions that need to be taken at each step and the complex array of forces and interests that nutritionists are subjected to and need to cope with, both within and outside academia
- better weigh the role of Nutritional Science in the bigger societal context


The course will consist of groupwork based on group assignments, complemented with lectures and storytelling.


Students will be graded on the basis of the group assignments.

Compulsory for: MNHNutrition and HealthMSc1,2,3,4,5,6