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Master in Community Nutrition and Public Health

General information

Official Code: MA63
Acronym: MNCSP
Description: Joint initiative between: Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto | FCNAUP, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto | FMUP and Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences | ICBA It was created to provide advanced training in this area. Comprised of a highly qualified faculty, the Master in Community Nutrition and Public Health (MNCSP) aims to prepare students to have a positive impact and make a difference in the community, working to promote good health and nutrition habits and lifestyles. healthy life. It combines quality education, focused on society's priorities, committed to translating the talent and innovation of graduates into added value. Working days: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon (in person).

Certificates

  • Master in Community Nutrition and Public Health (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization Degree in Community Nutrition and Public Health (60 ECTS credits)

Courses Units

Biostatistics

MNCSP1107 - ECTS The main objective of this training program is that students acquire both theorethical and practical knowledge in basic biostatistics.

Nutritional epidemiology

MNCSP1106 - ECTS With this Curricular Unit, it is expected that students:

- increase their knowledge on how to investigate the contribution of nutrition statuses, diet, and other factors in disease development, treatment, and prevention;

- know how to choose and to apply diet assessment methods, appropriate for the different study designs;

- achieve skills and competencies in data analysis and interpretation of nutritional epidemiology research results.

Ethics in PHN

MNCSP1105 - ECTS The objective of this unit is to provide students with a solid base of knowledge regarding ethics and its application in research and intervention in Community Nutrition and Public Health.

Principles of epidemiology

MNCSP1101 - ECTS

Food habits: an integrated perspective

MNCSP1104 - ECTS

1. To acquire the theoretical basis for understanding the complex nature of food habits

2. To acquire competencies to identify the determinants of food habits

Nutrition in the life cycle

MNCSP1103 - ECTS

- Understand the differences in nutritional requirements at the various periods of the life cycle;

- Recognize the food and nutrition as an integral part of health promotion and disease prevention, and that mortality and morbidity can be significantly reduced through the manipulation of nutrition-dietary factors during the life cycle and in particular physiological situations;

- Formulate healthy dietary patterns considering the influence of multiple factors, including cultural, socioeconomic, psychosocial, knowledge, and lifestyle

Thematic seminars I

MNCSP1108 - ECTS To acquire knowledge and discuss timeless subjcts in Community Nutrition and Public Health, as well as to work competences not possible in the other UC

Health promotion techniques

MNCSP1102 - ECTS

Communication and marketing in PHN

MNCSP1203 - ECTS

Ability to identify adequate sources for the production of knowledge and its adaptation to different audiences, objectives and media (press, radio, television and online).

Ability to define and implement a communication strategy in the area of food and health, including tactics and models of public relations, management and induction of media content, communication / management of food crises and social networks.

Ability to identify the specificities of marketing communication in food and food services and how to use this knowledge to promote an ethically and nutritionally adequate consumption.

Management in PHN

MNCSP1204 - ECTS

The objectives of this course are to:

- provide the theoretical foundations for understanding the principles of management and administration of programs and community interventions in food and nutrition;

- provide students with useful health economics and management and tools for planning, implementing and evaluating interventions in nutrition and public health.

Food and nutrition policy

MNCSP1201 - ECTS

It is intended that students are able to:

Know the concerted set of actions aimed at improving the nutritional status of populations. What are possible intervention models, and what social, economic, and political conditions should be observed for the success of the intervention.

Design intersectoral strategies that are capable of acting on the knowledge and attitudes of citizens while at the same time modifying environments and the availability of food, while identifying the "political" dimensions that interfere with the action of the health professional.

Know and be able to use the management and leadership tools that enable them to develop and implement food and nutrition policies.

Understand other impacts, other than nutritional, arising from political intervention,and ethical issues regarding these interventions.

Food and nutrition interventions

MNCSP1202 - ECTS

The aims of this unit are:

  1. To give students the theoretical basis for understanding the principles of health promotion and community interventions
  2. To enable students to effectively contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of community food and nutrition interventions

Research project/ internship project

MNCSP1206 - ECTS This C.U. should constitute the basis for the research or internship to be carried out during the 3rd and 4th semesters.

Students are expected to acquire and deepen knowledge on the design and implementation of a research project/internship in community nutrition and public health nutrition. They are expected to acquired competencies and skills to identify specific situations and problems to be investigated as well as to plan research aiming to solve it.

Food safety and environment

MNCSP1205 - ECTS

The syllabus of this course offers students the knowledge and mastery of the conditions and circumstances that affect the safety of food products from production to consumption in a sustainable way. To address the scientific, technical and legal aspects as well as methodologies adopted to ensure food safety and sustainability and thereby contribute to the high levels of public health that European citizens legitimately expect from food production systems and the food chain as a whole. Provide them the interpretive keys that allow them to understand and respond to the expectations of society regarding the performance of health professionals in the scope of their professional activity. This is an approach that allows:

Ability to identify and evaluate hygiene and sanitary practices and procedures used in the agro-food sector, from primary production to consumption.

Implement and enforce legislation relevant to the production and marketing of food and the use of food security monitoring, control and management systems.

Elect preventive measures and establish procedures for the provision of safe food and food, meeting the public health sanitary requirements, based on the current legislation.

Promote the guarantee and management of hygiene and safety and food quality.

Exercise students in using the appropriate laws and methods to achieve this purpose.

To deepen the concept "One Health", addressing the various dimensions of this concept and re-evaluating it in depth.

Thematic seminars II

MNCSP1207 - ECTS To acquire knowledge and discuss subjects with relevance to Community Nutrition and Public Health.

Dissertation

MNCSP2001 - ECTS

This unit aims that students perform one of the following options:

1 - a scientific research work;

2 - an internship;

in any case, it is essential that the developed work will integrate the knowledge acquired in the different scientific areas covered by the master's degree and, consequently, will be integrated into a specific area of ​​Community Nutrition and Public Health.

Depending on the chosen option, the learning objectives are:

1) the initiation of scientific research and familiarization with the scientific literature in a specific area of ​​Community Nutrition and Public Health. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in the application of the knowledge previously acquired, namely on:

- research Methods;

- research and analysis of scientific literature;

- analysis and interpretation of statistical results;

- a specific area of ​​community nutrition and public health.

2) the supervised professional practice in the area of ​​Community Nutrition and Public Health.

Internship

MNCSP2002 - ECTS

This unit aims that students perform one of the following options:

1 - a scientific research work;

2 - an internship;

in any case, it is essential that the developed work will integrate the knowledge acquired in the different scientific areas covered by the master's degree and, consequently, will be integrated into a specific area of ​​Community Nutrition and Public Health.

Depending on the chosen option, the learning objectives are:

1) the initiation of scientific research and familiarization with the scientific literature in a specific area of ​​Community Nutrition and Public Health. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in the application of the knowledge previously acquired, namely on:

- research Methods;

- research and analysis of scientific literature;

- analysis and interpretation of statistical results;

- a specific area of ​​community nutrition and public health.

2) the supervised professional practice in the area of ​​Community Nutrition and Public Health.

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