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Food and Health

University of Padua
Italy, Padua
Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry Italy, Agripolis, Viale dell'Università, 16 - 35020 Legnaro (Padua)
Tuition fee €2,626 per year

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Application fee €30 one-time

This fee is non-refundable.

Deposit €192 one-time

In order to accept your place at the University of Padua, the payment of the first instalment is required. This fee is non-refundable.

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The Master’s degree addresses the complexity underling the interactions among food, nutrition and human health in an international context, with a paradigm-based structure “from food harvest to global health”. The modern teaching approach aims at filling the existing gaps among the different disciplines currently offered in this area, providing multidisciplinary, complementary, highly integrated knowledge. The programme offers both strong theoretical courses and applied research-oriented teaching on food production, food quality and human nutrition, in order to analyse how they relate and affect human health, via dietary habits.

Programme structure

1st Year
• Food safety hygiene and microbiology
• Food chemistry and technology
• Nutrition and metabolic pathways: from organs to cells
• Genomics of Nutrition
• Communication skills
• Food microbiota, human microbiome, plant bioactive compounds and food quality
• Plant bioactive compounds and food quality
• Food microbiota and human microbiome
• Ecology of foodborne pathogens, food toxicology and antimicrobial resistance
• Sustainable resource-efficient food production and processing
• International regulations for food safety, certification and trading
• Mechanisms of tissues diseases and how environmental clues alter organ function

2nd Year
• Research methods in economics: understanding decision making and consumer behavior to promote healthy choices.
• Quality control and data analytics in food production
• Nutrition-related diseases
• Human Nutrition: sustainability and multidisciplinary perspective

Career opportunities

Potential areas of employment:

• Product development and research specialist in the food industry
• Expert in food and nutrition areas of private and public administration
• Agri-food and nutritional advisory specialist of GDO or food manufacturers
• Food quality and nutritional expert in international organizations
• Independent consultancy practitioner
• Food quality and nutrition expert in public health
• Clinical Dietitian Manager
• Health Educator
• Food quality and nutrition communications specialist
• Advisory specialist in NGOs, charities and projects concerned with food quality and nutritional issues
• Researcher in food quality, nutrition and health

Apply now! Academic year 2023/24
Application deadline
2 Feb 2023, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
2 Oct 2023
Apply now! Academic year 2023/24
Application deadline
2 Feb 2023, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
2 Oct 2023