Nutrition for Healthy Growth and Development in the City


Course Objective

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
- 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
feeding practices
- 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
academic discussions.
- Groups assignment (intensive coaching and intervision) in
multidisciplinary teams of about 7 students.
- Visit to children’s hospital, GGD, neighborhoods, day-care.
- Self-study
- Examination

Method of Assessment

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


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Recommended background knowledge

The course is accessible for second and third year bachelor students
with a biomedical of health science background.

General Information

Course Code A_HP004
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. ir. J.C. Seidell
Examiner prof. dr. ir. J.C. Seidell
Teaching Staff

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