Human Nutrition Science
Reference DMBIOM01000027
Taught in First Master of Biomedical Sciences
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 150.0
Studypoints (E) 5
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Course included in exam contract
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Hans Van Vlierberghe
Department GE01
Key Words

energy requirements, macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, functional and novel foods, dietary recommendations, sport and nutrition

Position of the Course

The student must know the nature of the components that can be present in the diet, in which foods these components can be found and how they interact with the functioning of the organism.He/she must know the basis for dietary recommendations and how they can be refinned. The student must know how to manage the nutrional aspects of a physical exercise.


Energetic concepts, energy requirement and determination; regulation of food and energy intake; macronutients, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, components with beneficial and anti-nutritional effects; fortified, functional and novel foods, dietary recommendations, sport and nutrition, nutrition questionnaire

Starting Competences

Having succesfully completed the courses General chemistry, Organic chemistry, General biochemistry, Biochemistry II, Physiology of the organ systems, Functional anatomy, Cell biology and Human pathogenesis from the bachelor program biomedical sciences or having acquired the relevant ending objectives by other means

Final Competences

  • To understand the way daily nutrtional needs are expressed.
  • To be able to measure energy needs and consumption.
  • To have knowledge about absorption of carbonhydrates, proteins, fats, water and minerals.
  • To have knowledge about the function and needs of vitamins and minerals.
  • To understand neurophysiology of nutrition.
  • To be able to give nutritional advise before, during and after physical exercise.

Teaching and Learning Material

Syllabus (Dutch) and photocopies (30 Euro) or available on the Minerva website.


  • Nutritional Biochemistry (T Brody, ed) Academic Press, Inc, NY 1993, ISBN 0443 056277 (present in seminar library).
  • Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Garrow, James, Ralph, Eds) Harcourt Publishers Limited, 2000 QP 141. B 853 (present in seminar library).

Course Content-Related Study Coaching

Through e-mail.

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures

Evaluation Moments

Evaluation during examination period

Evaluation Methods

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