By studying public health nutrition, the student will learn about interactions between diet and health from a population-based view. The topics include determinants of food intake, that is, how food habits and dietary intakes relate to different sociodemographic factors like sex, age, educational background, income and place of residence. Further, the students get new insights on how food consumption and dietary intakes can be studied in large populations and how they are related to population health. Some courses have more applied topics, such as how to change dietary behavior of a population and how to plan diets in food services, for example, for a large kitchen providing meals for schools.
The studies comprise advanced epidemiological methods and statistics. Learning will be facilitated by using real data and statistical training. Methodological considerations in nutritional epidemiological studies and critical interpretation of results are emphasized. In courses of health promotion, the student will also have a possibility to jump into a real project work and plan a health-promotion project as a group work. Global issues, particularly with a focus on chronic diseases in developing countries, are also considered in the studies.