FoodHealth is a multidisciplinary doctoral programme in food sciences covering food science research throughout the whole food chain. It allows the examination of food from several complementary perspectives, as well as cooperation with the whole food sector.
Subject areas covered by the programme include:
- food chemistry,
- food control,
- food economy,
- food hygiene,
- food microbiology,
- food technology,
- food toxicology,
- meat inspection,
- microbiology of primary production and nutrition.
Through national collaboration, the teaching personnel of the programme includes all the major food science groups in Finland both at universities and research institutes as well as international experts and networks. The partnership of basic and translational research is seen as an important asset of the educational programme and is made possible by the joint collaboration of the two faculties in Viikki involved in this programme (Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture & Forestry).
Short intensive courses on specific subject areas and methods in food science complement the research of the doctoral candidate carried out in internationally rich research laboratories. Courses are either practically or lecture based and are usually assessed by written assignments or oral presentation of results.
Progress of doctoral candidates is followed not only by the supervisor but by a thesis advisory committee who monitor the progress of students throughout their research and studies.