Nutrition Physiology

Course content

Introduction to macro- and micronutrients, including definitions, classifications, chemical structure, physical and chemical characteristics and physiological function. Digestion, absorption, transport and storage and factors influencing these processes. Interaction with other nutrients and dietary factors. The biochemical role of micronutrients and their importance in relation to both oxidation and antioxidation. Storage, mobilization and metabolism of macronutrients. Regulation of the mobilization of macronutrients in the body at rest and during work/physical activity. Mechanisms to sustain the fluid, energy and macronutrient balance. Examples from relevant and new research will be used including diet in the context of sustainability.



MSc Programme in Clinical Nutrition
MSc Programme in Food Innovation and Health
MSc Programme in Human Nutrition
MSc Programme in Human Physiology

Learning outcome


  • Describe in detail digestion and absorption of nutrients and factors of importance.
  • Describe in detail metabolism and regulation of nutrients in normal physiological functions.
  • Describe in detail mechanisms to sustain fluid, energy, and macronutrient balance.
  • Characterize the function of nutrients in physiological functions and in the context of different dietary patterns.



  • Explain in detail digestion, absorption, and transport of micro- and macronutrients.
  • Differentiate storage, mobilization, and metabolism of micro- and macronutrients.
  • Analyze factors influencing these processes.
  • Compare physiological effects of different interrelated nutrients and dietary patterns.
  • Explain in detail the regulation of the mobilization of the macronutrients in the body at rest and during work/physical activity.
  • Reflect independently on a range of physiological consequences of nutrition deficiency/overload (eg obesity).
  • Discuss and reflect on the absorption and metabolism of the nutrients and their importance for the normal functions of the human organism.
  • Use scientific language to discuss and explain problems in written English.


  • Independently solve public nutrition problems related to health recommendations and physiological functions, including a sustainable dietary pattern.
  • Systematic understanding of knowledge in nutrition metabolism.
  • Conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate current research critically.
  • Critical awareness of current problems and new insights in nutrition.
  • Work independently with scientific literature within the field.

Lectures, theoretical exercises, group Work.

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

Basic nutrition knowledge an advantage.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.


Feedback on theoretical exercises during the lectures.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Type of assessment details
The course has been selected for ITX exam
See important information about ITX-exams at Study Information, menu point: Exams -> Exam types and rules -> Written on-site exams (ITX)
All aids allowed

As the exam is an ITX-exam, the University will make computers available to students at the exam. Students are therefore not permitted to bring their own computers, tablets, or mobile phones.

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
  • 45
  • Preparation
  • 127
  • Theory exercises
  • 30
  • Exam
  • 4
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
No restrictions.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Food, Human Nutrition and Sports
Contracting department
  • Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Anne Raben   (3-718271507e7588833e7b853e747b)
Saved on the 31-08-2022

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