Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

16.8.2019 at 09:00 - 2.9.2019 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 2.9.2019
09:15 - 11:45
Mon 9.9.2019
13:15 - 15:45
Mon 16.9.2019
13:15 - 15:45
Mon 23.9.2019
13:15 - 15:45
Mon 30.9.2019
13:15 - 15:45
Mon 7.10.2019
13:15 - 15:45
Mon 14.10.2019
13:15 - 15:45
Mon 28.10.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Mon 4.11.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Mon 11.11.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Mon 18.11.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Mon 25.11.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Mon 2.12.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Mon 9.12.2019
10:15 - 12:45


The course is obligatory for students in the HNFB Master’s programmes. The course is not open for students from other Master’s programmes.

No preceding studies are required.

The course is introductory to the Master’s program. Hence, the learning of this course will be deepened and broadened in all other courses of the HNFB program.

After completing the course the student After completing the course the student

  • has learned key topics, themes and research approaches of the Master’s programme
  • recognizes and understands different research approaches and study designs used in the study of human nutrition and food-related behaviour
  • is aware of the basic ethical questions of research both generally and in human nutrition and food-related behaviour studies
  • has acquainted with other students in the programme (“grouping”)
  • has written an individual study plan for the HNFB Master’s programme (“HOPS”)

1st year, autumn

  • History of human nutrition and food-related behavior research (lecture)
  • Introduction to key topics, research methods, study designs and ethics in human nutrition and food-related behaviour research
  • Getting to know nutrition and food-related behaviour as a profession
  • Writing a research plan
  • 1—2 burning scientific and/or practical questions in human nutrition and food-related behaviour: the students work on these topics by using a problem-based learning approach, with the aim to present an analysis and solutions by using their own knowledge and expertise from Bachelor’s studies
  • The students work in groups, mentored by teachers/researchers
  • The group-works are presented and discussed in seminars together with all new Master’s students in the programme
  • No examination, but active participation in group-work, seminars and discussion are required, in addition to a personal learning diary.

Study material (consisting mainly of published research papers) will be given during the course

The report, diaries and study plan are evaluated by grading passed/failed.

Moodle-learning platform is used.

Lectures and seminars 42 h, group work 60 h, individual work 33 h.

Performance: lectures, seminars, group work and seminar presentation, individual work, learning diary, individual study plan. 80% participation in lectures/seminars are required

Professor Mikael Fogelholm and professor Mari Niva