Human Nutrition and Food Related Behavior, Finland 2019

University of Helsinki

Study in:Finland
Deadline: 11 January 2019


Why do we eat the way we do? What happens to the components of food in our body? How does nutrition maintain our health? How do food choices affect the quality of our diet? How do we study the way people use food? How does culture influence our food choices? How is food discussed in the media? How does food behavior change, and how can it be changed?

The goal of the Master’s program in Human Nutrition and Food Related Behavior taught at University of Helsinki is to enable you to:

  • Understand the significance of nutrition to bodily functions and health
  • Understand the social and cultural aspects that affect the food choices of individuals and communities and know how to influence them
  • Form an opinion about the multifarious issues regarding nutrition and consumption
  • Be able to analyse and solve nutritional issues and related cultural questions in an ecological and socially sustainable manner

In the Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour, you can choose between three focal areas:

  • Nutritional physiology: The impact of nutrition and other lifestyle factors on bodily functions and health, as well as the underlying mechanisms at the level of molecular biology
  • Public health nutrition and food services: Insight into the nutritional factors affecting the health of the country’s population and population groups and the use of this insight to promote health, as well as nutritional questions related to food services and the food industry
  • Food behaviour in a changing society: The ways in which food choices are linked to individual, cultural and social factors, the construction of identity, the consumption society, as well as food and health policies


The Master’s program qualifies you for work in expert, teaching, research and managerial positions in the public sector, NGOs and companies, and as an independent entrepreneur. The education provides you with profound field-specific competence and skills in knowledge work, as well as a solid professional identity.

Examples of duties available to graduates include:

  • Expert in nutrition and food
  • Product manager
  • Product development manager, development manager
  • Director of food services
  • Researcher, special researcher
  • Planning officer
  • Senior inspector
  • Senior teacher or lecturer at a university of applied sciences
  • Growth entrepreneur
  • Journalist, press officer, content provider

Program Structure

Courses included:

  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Public Health Nutrition and Food Services
  • Food Behavior in a Changing Society

Academic Requirements

You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:

  • You have completed or will complete by 31 July a first-cycle or a second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad
  • You have completed the studies required for the Master’s programme by 12 January
  • You demonstrate that you are proficient in English, Finnish or Swedish in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision

Re­quired documents:

  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate / diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Authorised translations
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card
  • Motivation letter to be included in the application form
  • A diploma supplement (if available)

Detailed Program Facts

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