Course ObjectiveStudents 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
- 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.
Course Content- lectures on environmental influences on early childhood development
- participatory research in target groups on environment and early
- development of potential strategies to develop environments that
stimulate healthier feeding practices
Teaching Methods- Participative selection of topics.
- Interactive lectures that provoke, engage, inform and stimulate
- Groups assignment (intensive coaching and intervision) in
multidisciplinary teams of about 7 students.
- Visit to children’s hospital, GGD, neighborhoods, day-care.
Method of Assessment- Written exam, individual (40%).
- Op-Ed piece; group of 7 (30%)
- Presentation, group of 7 (30%).
LiteratureLewis AJ1, Galbally M, Gannon T, Symeonides C. Early life programming as
a target for prevention of child and adolescent mental disorders. BMC
Med. 2014 Feb 24;12:33
Frances Campbell, Gabriella Conti, James J. Heckman, Seong Hyeok Moon,
Rodrigo Pinto, Elizabeth Pungello, Yi Pan. Early Childhood Investments
Substantially Boost Adult Health. Science 28 March 2014: Vol. 343 no.
6178 pp. 1478-1485.
John M Balbus, Robert Barouki, Linda S Birnbaum, Ruth A Etzel, Sir Peter
D Gluckman, Philippe Grandjean, Christine Hancock, Mark A Hanson,
Jerrold J Heindel, Kate Hoffman, Génon K Jensen, Ann Keeling, Maria
Neira, Cristina Rabadán-Diehl, Johanna Ralston, and Kwok-Cho Tang.
Early-life prevention of non-communicable diseases. Lancet. 2013 Jan 5;
Recommended background knowledgeThe course is accessible for second and third year bachelor students
with a biomedical of health science background.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. ir. J.C. Seidell|
|Examiner||prof. dr. ir. J.C. Seidell|
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|Teaching Methods||Study Group|
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