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Subject : Nutrition and Health (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

The domain of the Nutrition and Health programme is the role of dietary and lifestyle factors in human health and disease. This role is studied from a biomedical perspective at the level of the individual and the population. In addition, the mechanisms underlying beneficial and adverse effects are studied at the sub-cellular, cellular and organ/organism level. Human nutrition is a multidisciplinary field of expertise.

The Nutrition and Health programme requires students to have prior knowledge and understanding of human nutrition and a good working knowledge of statistics.

There are six specialisations:

  • Diet in health and disease, focus on factors that determine food and nutrient intake, the effects of nutrition on physiological processes and the consequences of nutrient intake on health and disease.
  • Nutrition, lifestyle and public Health graduates will, in the context of health promotion and disease prevention, be able to adequately identify health problems in populations, propose solutions regarding diet and lifestyle and plan their implementation and evaluation. This will result in evidence-based public health policies and systematic evaluation of health promotion programmes at the local, national and international level.
  • Nutritional epidemiology, addresses the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological research, both interventional and observational. It focuses on the aetiology and prevention of diseases, with specific reference to diet, nutrition, lifestyle and health.
  • Food toxicology, focuses on the potentially toxic effects of compounds present in food, including natural toxins, gm-products, functional food ingredients, additives and contaminants.
  • Nutritional physiology, aims at understanding and elucidating physiological mechanisms involved in homeostatic control of the body under various physiological conditions (e.g. maintenance, growth, pregnancy, lactation, sports, normal/under/over-nutrition).
  • Molecular nutrition and genomics. The effects of nutrients and other food components are crucially important to the health status of humans. These effects cannot be understood without a detailed knowledge of the basic metabolism of these components and the regulation of this metabolism. The effects at the cellular and molecular level are studied using state-of-the-art genomics technology.
  • Admission Requirements:
    in agriculture, nutrition, health or related sciences.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5