What is HNFB all about?

Why do we eat the way we do? What happens to food in our body? How does nutrition maintain our health? How do we study the way people use food? How does culture influence our food choices? How is food discussed in the media? How can we change food-related behaviour?

The Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour (HNFB) focuses on human nutrition and related behaviour from the perspective of public health nutrition, nutritional physiology and social sciences. The innovative, thought-inspiring programme is built around human nutrition, food-related behaviour and food consumption. Global sustainability goals – such as health, well-being, gender equality, education and wealth, ecology and cultural heritage – are topics which cross-cut all main themes in the programme.

The goal of the Master’s programme is to enable you to:

  • Understand the significance of nutrition to human physiology and health
  • Learn to analyse the physiological, psychological, social and cultural aspects that are linked to food choices of individuals and communities
  • Recognise the diversity of food and nutritional issues and ways to influence them


The Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour focuses on:

  • The role of nutrition and other lifestyle factors in promoting health and preventing illness
  • The mechanisms through which food impacts our body at the molecular biology level
  • Food choices and consumption behaviour, and means of influencing them through policies, interventions and communication
  • Food services and their management
  • Food culture and social movements
  • Theories and research methods in the fields of nutrition and food-related behaviour

Read more about the contents and the courses of the programme.

As a student in the Master’s programme you are encouraged to complete part of your studies outside Finland, either at a university or in practical training. The Master’s programme provides you capability to deal with nutrition, food and consumption questions outside Finland, including in developing countries.

Read more: Study abroad

You can also include study modules from other degree programmes, for example in the fields of molecular biology, physiology, epidemiology, food sciences, public health, home economics, social sciences, education, consumption research, communication and economics.

In addition to the University’s other Master’s programmes, you can also work with Finnish and international companies and organisations in connection with your practical training or Master’s thesis.