Public Health and Nutrition

Course content

The course will focus on describing, exemplifying, discussing and applying basic concepts, strategies and theories used in public health, epidemiology and planning of health interventions. Focus will mainly be on the Danish context, and important stakeholders will be presented through actual cases.


MSc Programme in Human Nutrition

Learning outcome

The main objective of the course is to provide the students with the ability to explain, discuss, and exemplify central concepts, theories, strategies and the role of stakeholders in public health in relation to nutrition, and to design and critically reflect on a public health intervention based on the Logical Framework Approach. A central theme in the course is social inequality in health.

- Explain and exemplify basic concepts, theories and strategies in public health science, with special focus on nutrition and health.
- Describe and explain processes behind the planning of public health interventions in the field of nutrition.

- Identify and compare the roles, interests and responsibilities of central public and private stakeholders within nutrition and health.
- Describe and explain concepts used in the planning model "Logical Framework Approach".

- Critically choose  and apply preventive strategy theories and methods in the planning of a public health intervention; hereunder demonstrate the ability to conduct a participation analysis, formulate purpose, goal and indicators, identify determinants for the health behavior and outcomes of the target group, and choose relevant scientific methods for evaluating the intervention. 
- Evaluate strengths and weaknesses related to strategies and models used in public health.


- Develop and design a scientifically founded health-promoting intervention by use of the planning model “Logical Framework Approach”, in a self-structured multi-disciplinary group work. 
- Critically compare, evaluate and discuss models and theories used in public health.

- Discuss the roles, interests and responsibilities of central public and private stakeholders within nutrition and health.

The course will be a combination of lectures, group work, seminars and exercises. The course includes lectures on “The Logical Framework Approach”, a theory and planning model behind nutrition interventions. In groups, the students will plan a public health intervention based on this model, and write a group report.

Course literature will be announced at study start on the course’s Absalon page.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
  • Quizzes with discussion of answers
  • LFA supervision
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Description of Examination: Oral examination in the curriculum and in the group report (synopsis report where students in groups have designed a public health intervention).
Only certain aids allowed

The student's own written group report is allowed, but no other curricular material or notes. 

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal grading. More assessors.
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see "Learning Outcome".

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 85
  • Theory exercises
  • 40
  • Project work
  • 50
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206