Nutrition for Healthy Growth and Development in the City

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nutrition for Healthy Growth and Development in the City

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Biomedical Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Students will:
    - Obtain insights in early programming, epigenetics and role of microbiome in development of metabolism.
    - The role of maternal and child behaviour during the first 1000 days after conception on future health.
    - Obtain insights in roles of nutrition and stress on metabolism and brain.
    - Understand the upstream determinants of behaviour in urban areas.
    - Through participative sessions will obtain motives for action of target groups and policy makers.
    - Be able to formulate a strategy for a city to improve health though actions aimed at environments and individuals.
    - Present this strategy in the form of an Op-Ed article for a newspaper.

    - lectures on environmental influences on early childhood development
    - participatory research in target groups on environment and early feeding practices
    - development of potential strategies to develop environments that stimulate healthier feeding practices

    - Participative selection of topics.
    - Interactive lectures that provoke, engage, inform and stimulate academic discussions.
    - Groups assignment (intensive coaching and intervision) in multidisciplinary teams of about 7 students.

    - Written exam, individual (40%)
    - Op-Ed piece; group of 7 (30%)
    - Presentation, group of 7 (30%)

    A biomedical of health science background.

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