Students in a kitchen

Do you want to work with nutrition and health challenges?

Apply for VIA Global Nutrition & Health if you want to plan, implement and evaluate projects and interventions that promote health and prevent disease.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Bachelor´s degree in Global Nutrition & Health 

    Duration of the programme: 3 ½ years (210 ECTS). Full time course of study 

    Programme start: September

    Study location: Aarhus N. Read more about Campus Aarhus N 

    Language: The programme is taught in English 

    Curriculum: See the current curriculum (pdf) (new curricula are coming up with effect from August 2016)

    Executive order: See the executive order (only in Danish)

    See the study activity model

    See the average grade and statistics about VIAs programmes (only in Danish) 

    Please note: This programme differs from the Danish-language programme "VIA Ernæring & Sundhedsuddannelsen".

  • Structure and content

    The programme consists of a year of basic studies, followed by two and a half years of specialisation.

    The Global Nutrition & Health academic year is divided into semesters. The programme consists of a year of basic studies (two semesters) and two and a half years (five more semesters) of specialised studies in one of two fields:

    1. Public health nutrition and food policy

    The overall aim of this specialisation is to work with health promotion on community level both in Denmark and abroad. The focus is on nutrition and health but also on food production and its consequences. How does food production affect the environment and what can be done to make food production more sustainable?

    Inequalities in health and nutrition between different countries but also within specific countries are also important. Problems with malnutrition can be seen not just in developing countries but in Western countries as well.

    The students become qualified to:
    • Enhance and sustain public knowledge and awareness about healthy eating and informed dietary choices
    • Plan, develop, implement and/or evaluate effective public health nutrition projects and interventions targeting vulnerable population groups
    • Advocate sustainable food and health policies to promote equitable access to safe and healthy food on a national as well as international level
    • Advise consumer organizations in food policy matters
    • Employment possibilities: Project Manager, Health Promotion Consultant, Product Developer, Food Consultant, Nutritional Consultant and Consumer Advisor.

    2. Lifestyle and health education

    The overall aim of this specialisation is to work holistically with health interventions both for individuals and groups. The focus is on obtaining skills in motivational communication, management and guidance, which means that the programme touches on psychology and sociology in order to understand individuals and their communities.

    At the core of this programme is nutrition, physical activity and general health, and we emphasise the need to consider all aspects of health.

    The students become qualified to:
    • Educate individuals and groups within the field of nutrition, lifestyle diseases and physical activity, with appropriate consideration for cultural diversity
    • Design and evaluate individual dietary and physical activity plans
    • Initiate, implement and evaluate health education interventions and activities in various settings and target groups
    • Initiate and facilitate lifestyle changes in individuals and groups
    • Employment possibilities: Health Consultant, Health Promotion Consultant, Personal Trainer, Weight-loss Consultant, Project Manager, Stress Coach and Manager in the fitness and wellness industry.

    Get an overview of the programme (pdf)

    Please note: The programme is not identical to the Danish "VIA Ernæring & Sundhedsuddannelsen". “Global Nutrition & Health” does not provide a Danish license to work as a clinical dietician in Denmark.

    Read more about content and structure of the programme, examinations, grading scale etc. in the curriculum (pdf)


    New curricula are coming up for all healthcare professional Bachelor's degree programmes in Denmark with effect from August 2016. 

  • Enrolment

    You must have studied chemistry at the basic level (corresponding to a Danish C-level).

    VIA University College will accept applications from international students having an upper secondary school leaving certificate (+ supplementary higher education studies) making you eligible for admission to higher education in Denmark.

    Please consult the Danish Agency for International Education for information about recognition of foreign qualifications for entry to higher education in Denmark.

    Requirements for non-EU applicants

    • Upper secondary school leaving certificate (+ supplementary higher education studies)
    • Chemistry on a level equivalent to Danish C-level (min. 75 hours' teaching on upper secondary school level)
    • Biology or Mathematics (min. 125 hours) or Social and Political Science equivalent to Danish C-level 
    • Documented English proficiency equivalent to Danish C-level
    • Motivational letter (no more than 1 page)
    English language admission requirements
    • An IELTS score of at least 6.5
    • A TOEFL IBT 92 or TOEFL PBT 580
    • TOEIC 760
    • University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). Required score: A passing grade (A, B or C)
    • Minimum one year of completed college/university studies conducted in English.

    The test result must be no more than two years old at the time of the application deadline.

    Citizens of a country where English is an official language do not need to document English proficiency.

    Requirements for EU applicants

    • Upper secondary school leaving certificate
    • Chemistry on a level equivalent to Danish upper secondary school C-level or Biotechnology on A-level
    • English on a level equivalent to Danish upper secondary school C-level 
      and either
    • Social Science, Mathematics, or Biology on a level equivalent to Danish upper secondary school C-level

    Explanation of the Danish levels system

    In Danish upper secondary education, subjects are placed in a system of levels in relation to the subject's scope and depth. A-level is the highest, and C-level the lowest level. As a general rule, the level system is structured in such a way that:

    • C-level subjects are allotted 75 hours of 60 minutes
    • B-level subjects 200 hours of 60 minutes
    • A-level subjects 325 hours of 60 minutes
    Verification form

    To document fulfillment of our specific requirements, you can fill out this form, which shows the hours of instruction of every needed subject. The verification form must be stamped and signed by your previous school in order to be accepted. The form must be submitted with your application at 

    Assessment of your application

    You can apply for the Global Nutrition and Health programme via quota 1 or quota 2.

    Quota 1

    In quota 1, your application will be evaluated solely on the background of your grade point average on the exam you are using for admission.

    Read more about the admissions requirements if you apply using quota 1.

    Quota 2

    In quota 2, your application will be evaluated based on your total qualifications in a specific individual evaluation.

    Read more about the admissions requirements if you apply using quota 2.

    Application deadlines:

    • Quota 2: Deadline 15 March, 12:00 noon. All applicants, except the Danish quota 1 applicants.
    • Quota 1: Deadline 5 July, 12:00 noon. Only Danish quota 1 applicants.

    Programme start 

    The VIA Global Nutrition & Health programme begins in Week 36.

  • How to apply

    All applicants must apply through digital enrolment.

    The application takes place online via

    The application portal opens on 1 February.

    Fill out the application form at and upload relevant documentation through the website.


    • Deadline 15 March, 12:00 noon: All applicants, except the Danish quota 1 applicants
    • Deadline 5 July, 12:00 noon: Only Danish quota 1 applicants.

    Response to your admissions request

    You will receive an answer on your admissions request on July 30.

    General rules of admissions

    Before you apply to one of VIA's programmes, you must carefully read the general rules of admissions. If there is a mistake in your application, it is your own responsibility, and it can mean that your application will not be accepted. 

    Read about:   

    • Apply using your NEMid 
    • How you apply for admission under quota 1 and quota 2
    • How you apply for credit transfer 
    • How you apply for individual skill evaluation 
    • How to apply with foreign exam results 
    • How you apply for stand-by 
    • Conditional acceptance to VIA's programmes

    More about the general rules of admissions.

  • Fees and tuition

    Information about tuition fee and scholarships. Tuition is free if you are an EU applicant.

    Tuition is free if you are:

    • a national of a country that is a full member of the EU
    • a national of Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (EEA countries)
    • a refugee/immigrant living in Denmark and have a permanent residence permit.

    All other students pay tuition fees.

    • The tuition fee is EUR 12,000 for a year of study
    • The fee covering the first year of study has to be paid no later than 1 June. Afterwards, the payment deadline is one month before each semester starts (EUR 6,000 each).

    Read more about accommodation, living expenses etc. on the Campus Aarhus N-site 

    Read more about scholarships.

    Read more about studying in Denmark.

    Read more about coming to Denmark at 'New in Denmark', the official portal for foreigners in Denmark.

  • Internship

    When you are admitted to the programme, we guarantee you an internship

    We find and contact possible internship places in cooperation with students. This means that you will play a role in finding a place that matches your interests. However, it is important that your internship is approved before you leave.

    Previous students have had internships at:

    • Nutritional Rehabilitation Home and Nutrition Promotion and Consultancy Service Nepal
    • World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action in Malaysia
    • Organic Certification Centre of the Philippines (OCCP)
    • Health and Fitness Centre in Reykjavik
    • Elite Sport Academy Aarhus
    • Danish Food Administration
  • Career guidance

    Your job opportunities will depend on the specialisation you choose

    The specialisation "Lifestyle and health education"

    The aim for students choosing this specialisation is to become qualified to independently prepare health-promoting, illness-preventing and motivational tasks of a guidance, educational, communication and/or management nature aimed at individuals for the purpose of lasting im-provement of dietary habits, physical activity, weight regulation and other lifestyle factors rele-vant to health.

    After successfully completing their studies, students will among others be able to work at:

    • Public Health Centres as health consultants
    • Large enterprises as promoters of workplace health
    • The food or retail industry as communicators or course managers
    • Sport associations as company advisors/health consultants
    • Weight loss centres, or as independent weight loss consultants

    The specialisation "Public health nutrition and food policy"

    The aim for students choosing this specialisation is to become qualified to independently prepare health-promoting educational, communication and management strategies for the implementation of food and nutrition policies in various sectors (e.g. schools, workplaces or institutions).

    After successfully completing their studies, students will be able to work at:

    • Food and catering industries as health promotion consultants
    • Leisure industries as product developers
    • Health Centres as developers of health promotion programmes
    • Educational institutions as nutritional consultants
    • National authorities as food consultants
    • NGOs as project managers

    Further education

    As a bachelor in Global Nutrition and Health, you will have many possibilities for further education at the diploma, master's and PhD level. Contact the specific educational institution for information and admissions requirements.

    You can apply for admission at the master's degree level from the following programmes:

    • Human Nutrition, Copenhagen University
    • Food Innovation and Health, Copenhagen University
    • Physical Education and Health, University of Southern Denmark
    • Public Health, Aalborg University
    • Integrated Food Studies, Aalborg University
  • International opportunities

    You can go abroad while studying at Global Nutrition & Health

    Internships abroad

    As a student, you have the option of going abroad in one or more of your internships.

    At present we have a training partner in Bangkok, Thailand, and we continue to look for more partners.

    We find and contact possible internship places in cooperation with students. This means we will help you choose an internship and location that matches your interests, as long as it is approved before you leave.

    Some of our previous students have trained in:

    • Thailand
    • New Zealand
    • South Africa
    • Australia.

    Studies abroad

    You also have the option to go abroad as an exchange student.

    Our current agreements include:
    • Hochschule Fulda, Germany
    • Hogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Deakin University, Australia
    • The University of Hull, Great Britain
    • University of Granada, Spain
    • University of Agder, Norway
    • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    • University of Uppsala, Sverige.

    For more details, please contact the international coordinator at

  • Student counselling

    Do you need further information regarding admissions, the programme, student life, scholarships or accommodation?

    Contact the guidance counsellor:

    Guidance counsellor
    Martina Blunck Terp
    T: +45 87 55 26 03

    Student guidance counsellors:

    In-person meetings by appointment only.

  • Contact

    You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

    VIA Global Nutrition & Health
    Campus Aarhus N
    Hedeager 2
    DK - 8200 Aarhus N
    T: +45 87 55 26 00

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    Read about Campus Aarhus N.

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