Diet and Physical Activity in Prevention and Treatment of Disease
The focus is on under and malnutrition and non-communicable diseases in children and adults and the effects of diet/nutrient intake and physical activity on these, both in relation to prevention and treatment.
Main topics are: under and malnutrition; inflammation; immunology; osteoporosis; cancer; obesity; metabolic syndrome; type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
MSc Programme in Human Nutrition
The main objective of the course is to give the student an
understanding of the relation between diet, nutrition and physical
activity and non-communicable diseases in adulthood.
- Describe the pathogenesis of the most common non-communicable diseases (i.e the metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, cardio vascular diseases, osteoporosis and cancer).
- Describe the effects of lifestyle (diet/nutrients and physical activity) on prevention and treatment of these non-communicable diseases (including risk factors for these diseases).
- Describe the effects of dietary strategies for treatment of under and malnutrition.
- Discuss and reflect on the effect of lifestyle (diet/nutrients and physical activity) on the prevention and treatment of the most common non-communicable diseases (e.g. obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, inflammation).
- Explain and discuss the mechanisms behind the influence of lifestyle (diet/nutrients and physical activity) on non-communicable diseases on a systemic as well as, organ, tissue and cellular level.
- Explain and discuss the mechanisms behind the influence of lifestyle (diet/nutrients) on under and malnutrition on a systemic as well as, organ, tissue and cellular level.
- Evaluate different risk factors for non-communicable diseases.
- Critically assess the effect of lifestyle on risk factors and development of non-communicable diseases.
- Recommend relevant lifestyle changes for prevention and treatment based on the evolution of the risk factors.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of diet and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of related non-communicable diseases in relation to the pathogenesis of these on a scientific level.
- Communicate effectiveness of diet and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of related non-communicable diseases in relation to the pathogenesis of these on a non-scientific level.
- Evaluate lifestyle strategies in the prevention and treatment of under and malnutrition.
Lectures, theoretic exercises and discussions in plenum.
Will be announced at Absalon.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Oral feedback will be given collectively when reviewing exercises performed during lectures.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written examination, 3 hours under invigilationWritten assignment
- Type of assessment details
- Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation + essay
assignment during the course.
Description of Examination: 3 hour written examination - essay and multiple choice test.
Weight: Examination 100% (of which 40% is based on the essay part under invigilation and 50% on the multiple choice part under invigilation + 10% essay assignment handed in during the course (evaluation of the latter part will be included as a part of the final evaluation).
- Only certain aids allowed
Only Danish-English dictionary and English-Danish dictionary allowed.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Three assessors including an internal censor not directly involved in the course.
Criteria for exam assessment
Please see "Learning Outcome".
Single subject courses (day)
- Class Instruction
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 3
- No restrictions.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Food, Human Nutrition and Sports
- Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
- Faculty of Science
- Henrik Friis (3-706e7a48766d807b36737d366c73)
- Christian Mølgaard (2-6a7447756c7f7a35727c356b72)
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