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Human Feeding and Nutrition Sciences

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What is the objective of the course? What is it?
What does it train you for?

In accordance with the qualifying objectives of degree class LM-61, the course aims at training graduates with a sound interdisciplinary scientific education in the field of human nutrition, who are capable of carrying out specialized tasks and complex activities of evaluation, coordination, control, programming, planning, management and training in various professional contexts (healthcare, industry, regulatory), aiming at maintaining and promoting human health.

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What do you learn?

The educational program is structured as follows: during the 1st year, students will study subjects aiming at obtaining a broad spectre preparation, deeply investigating, therefore, class specific subjects such as: chemistry of active biomolecules, nutrition biochemistry, alimentation and hormone control disorders, food chemistry and technology, hygiene and collective health, pharmacology and food regulations; 6 credits are provided for language skills (English – level B2) The second course year mainly aims at the study of nutritional analysis methodologies, feeding in various physiological and pathological conditions and in metabolic syndromes. The second year also envisages an internship to be carried out at the university as well as at public and private companies accredited with the Università di Palermo, and the preparation of the degree dissertation, which must be related to original experimental research carried out at the University or other public or private Research agencies, operating in the field of human feeding and nutrition.

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What can you do with it?

Graduates of this course will be able to carry out professional activities in the food and human nutrition sector as non-medical nutritionists. This course also affords access to PhD courses and graduate schools and provides professional opportunities in the research sector. Employment and professional opportunities for graduates (DM March 16, 2007, Art. 3, paragraph 7) may also be found in food, dietetic, pharmaceutical companies, in the control and experimentation laboratories of technologies for new foods and in the collective catering industry, in roles of responsibility, coordination and consultancy. Thanks to their ability to verify the correct intake of foods to achieve optimal levels of nutrients and to maintain the state of health in groups and individuals, graduates will be able to plan and carry out food education, training and dissemination activities. The profile of graduates of the LM-61 degree program, culturally belongs to the Human Nutrition sector, but cannot overlap those of the Specialist in Food Science or nutritionist doctor.