VIA Global Nutrition & Health

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

Facts

Title: Bachelor´s degree in Global Nutrition & Health

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

Programme start: September

Study location: Campus Aarhus N

Language: The programme is taught in English

Internship: 20 weeks

Please note: This programme differs from the Danish language programme "VIA Ernæring og Sundhedsuddannelsen"

Subjects i.e:

  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Food Security and the Environment
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Project Management, Interventions, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Health Counselling
  • Statistics
  • Production Methods and Food Technology

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About the programme Global Nutrition & Health

  • Structure and content

    The programme consists of seven semesters.

    The overall aim is to work with health promotion on a local and global level. The focus is on nutrition and health in a practical perspective for example through sustainable health solutions and its consequences.

    A possible case to work on during the studies could be: “How does food production affect the environment and what can be done to make food production more sustainable?” another case could be: “How can school meals be improved in a more sustainable direction?”

    Another aspect of the programme is inequalities in health. Focus is both on differences between countries but also within specific countries. Issues in regard to malnutrition can be seen not just in developing countries but in developed countries as well.

    The aim is also to work holistically with health interventions both for individuals and groups. That means that project management and public health promotion are essential skills to be learned. Further skills in communication are important in order to understand individuals and the communities that they are influenced by. Therefore the programme includes psychological, educational and sociological theories.

    The students become qualified to

    • Initiate, implement and evaluate health education interventions and activities in various settings and target groups
    • 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
    • Initiate and facilitate lifestyle changes in individuals and groups
    • Educate individuals and groups within the field of nutrition, lifestyle diseases, smoking cessation and physical activity, with appropriate consideration for cultural diversity
    • Design and evaluate individual dietary plans

    Employment possibilities

    • Consultants or project workers at fugitive centers, at the health departments of municipalities, at different health/food organizations, at food companies
    • Teachers in vocational or production schools
    • Self-employed counsellors
    • Self-employed in the field of health promotion 

    More information

    Read a description of the seven semesters

    Get an overview of the programme (pdf)

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

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  • Enrolment

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

    Application deadlines

    • 15 March, 12:00 noon: All international applicants, international and Danish applicants applying on the basis of a vocational education, Danish applicants applying on the basis of an international or foreign entry qualification. Danish quota 2 applicants and applicants applying for any kind of exemption.
    • 5 July, 12:00 noon: Only Danish quota 1 applicants.

    Admission requirements

    • An upper secondary school leaving certificate/high school exam that makes you eligible for entry to higher education in Denmark * - or
    • a relevant vocational education (e.g. chef and nutrition assistant)  

    General admission requirements

    In addition to the admission requirements, all applicants must also meet these specific admission requirements:

    • Chemistry equivalent to Danish C-level (min. 75 hours' teaching during the final three years in upper secondary school) or Biotechnology equivalent to Danish A-level (min. 325 hours of teaching during the final three years in upper secondary school) and
    • Documented English proficiency equivalent to Danish B-level (min. 210 hours of teaching during the final three years in upper secondary school).
    • One of the following: Biology (min. 75 hours during the final three years in upper secondary school) or Mathematics (min. 125 hours during the final three years in upper secondary school) or Social and Political Science (min. 75 hours during the final three years in upper secondary school) equivalent to Danish C-level  and
    • motivational letter (no more than 1 page). This must be submitted no later than 15 March, 12:00 noon. Danish quota 1 applicants exempted.

    Conditional admission not possible

    You must fulfil the admission requirements before 5 July, 12 noon, otherwise your application will be rejected. 

    Verification form

    Applicants who hold a non-Danish entry qualification must fill in our verification form to document fulfilment of our specific admission requirements. It 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:
    optagelse.dk.

    English proficiency

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentation of your English language level. VIA University College requires that you have an English level of B2 or higher (according to Common European Frame of Reference) or the equivalency to Danish B-level (min. 210 hours of teaching during the final three years in upper secondary school).

    How to document your English proficiency level:

    • Your upper secondary school diploma (remember to submit verification form as well) - or
    • An IELTS score of at least 6.5 - or
    • A TOEFL Paper based score of min. 560 or Internet based score of min. 83 - or
    • University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). Required score: A passing grade (A, B or C) – or
    • Minimum one year of completed college/university studies conducted in English

    Please be aware that your test scores (IELTS, Cambridge Certificate and TOEFL) are only valid for 2 years after the test date.

    Applicants who are native speakers or have proof of secondary school education from the UK, Australia, USA, Canada and New Zealand are exempt from the English language admission requirements.

    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.

    Assessment of your application

    You can apply for the Global Nutrition and Health programme via quota 1 or quota 2. Global Nutrition and Health enrolls 50 percent from quota 2 and 50 percent from quota 1. 

    Quota 1

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

    Quota 2

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

  • How to apply

    All applicants must apply through digital enrolment.

    The application takes place online via www.optagelse.dk

    The application portal opens on 1 February.

    Fill in the application form at www.optagelse.dk and upload relevant documentation through the website.

    Deadlines

    • 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 28 July.

    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.

    Applicants from countries outside the EU membership are required to pay an application fee of 100 EUR.

    Tuition is free if you are:

    • A citizen of Denmark
    • A citizen of a country that is a full member of the EU.
    • A citizen of Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (EEA countries) or Switzerland.
    • A refugee/immigrant living in Denmark with a permanent residence permit issued in Denmark.
    • A student on an exchange programme as part of a bilateral agreement with VIA University College
    • A citizen who is granted a residence permit under §9c, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act as the accompanying child of a non-Dane with a residency permit issued under section 9a of the Aliens Act

    All other students (primarily from outside the EU) are obliged to pay tuition fees. Open the below pdf to learn more.

    Payment schedule and Terms of Payment (pdf)  

    The prices are fixed for the official duration of your study programme. If you exceed the official duration of the study programme, any following semester payments will correspond to the tuition fee at that time. 

    VIA University College reserves the right to change tuition fees every year in October or whenever conditions necessitate such changes. 

    If tuition fee is required, you will always be invoiced directly from VIA University College. No partners are entitled to charge fees on behalf of our institution. 

    If you are asked for additional payments by a VIA University Partner, please let us know. 

    Application fee

    Application is free if you are from a country that is member of the EU. Applicants from all other countries are required to pay an application fee of 100 euro. The application fee must be paid in full when applying for the programme.

    Learn more about the application fee and how to pay 

    Applying for a visa

    When applying for a visa, remember to include a copy of your admission letter.

  • Internship

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

    The students finds possible internship places in cooperation with the programme. 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
    • Yamsaard School in Thailand
    • Melbourne Farmers Markets in Australia 
    • Health cafes in Aarhus 
    • Elite Sport Academy Aarhus
    • Danish Food Administration
  • Career guidance

    Your job opportunities are varied.

    The aim for students 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 relevant to health.

    The students will also 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 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
    • 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:

    • Food Innovation and Health
    • Physical Education and Health
    • Public Health
    • Integrated Food Studies
  • 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 es@via.dk

  • 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
    E: mabl@via.dk

    Student guidance counsellors:
    E: nh.counsel@via.dk

    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
    E: nh.counsel@via.dk

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