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12/14/2020 11:23

New master’s programme "Global Food, Nutrition & Health" in Kulmbach one-of-a-kind in Germany

Brigitte Kohlberg Pressestelle
Universität Bayreuth

    Graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree can now apply for the master's degree Global Food, Nutrition & Health on the University of Bayreuth’s Kulmbach campus. The key issue of this interdisciplinary master's programme, which is currently one-of-a-kind in Germany, is supplying all people with sufficient quantities of high-quality and sustainably produced food to foster health – one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. New students can enter the programme in Summer Semester 2021.

    From a global perspective, we still have a long way to go when it comes to providing everyone with the food they need to live active, healthy lives. Nutrient deficiency is widespread as an aspect of malnutrition. At the same time, however, there is an oversupply of calories in many parts of the world. Moreover, the distribution of access to healthy and sufficient food is extremely uneven. This influences not only individual but also social development, which is also burdened by diet-related diseases of civilization. This affects socio-political as well as nutritional, political, economic, ecological, and legal issues.

    "That is why the programme of study has an interdisciplinary approach," says Prof. Dr. mult. Eckhard Nagel, who is Managing Director of the Institute for Healthcare Management and Health Sciences at the University of Bayreuth and in large part responsible for the design of the new English-taught master's programme Global Food, Nutrition & Health. "We want to enable students to recognize and work out complex interrelationships and questions. It is also very important to translate this into practical recommendations for action, for example for companies, NGOs, or governments.”

    Students deal with questions such as the following: How can the anticipated or already manifest negative effects of climate change be countered? How can agricultural productivity be changed regionally and globally in order to adequately limit possible negative consequences? How can the causes of hunger and malnutrition – poverty and inequality – be tackled? What influence do nutrition and health issues have on economic development? What is the role of demographic change and population growth?

    "This approach is one-of-a-kind in Germany with regard to its breadth and diversity," says Nagel. In addition to relevant theoretical knowledge in the natural sciences, economics, ethics, law, and cultural and social sciences, the focus is also on interdisciplinary topics – for example, the ability to develop efficient solutions in a culturally sensitive manner or to implement and enforce measures in cooperation with suitable partners and against potential resistance. Skills such as leadership, teamwork, and creativity are also taught to the students.

    After graduating in Kulmbach, graduates are qualified to work in national and international companies, research institutions, political/ policy consulting institutions, and non-governmental organizations. As Nagel explains: "In these areas, there is a discernible, steadily increasing demand, which has been growing strongly in view of regional and global crises, climate change, and the rise in diet-related, non-communicable diseases.”

    The programme is geared towards applicants with a bachelor's degree in nutrition or health sciences, e.g. in (food and) health sciences, nutritional sciences, health economics, nursing/care, or public health. Graduates of other potentially relevant bachelor's programmes, such as medicine, the natural sciences, politics, social sciences, or social work, can also be admitted on the condition that they catch up on the missing nutritional medical or health science basics. A local restriction on admission (numerus clausus) is not intended.

    Admission requirements and application details can be found here:

    The deadline for applications is 15 January 2021.

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. med. habil. Dr. phil. Dr. theol. h. c. Eckhard Nagel
    Managing Director of the Institute for Healthcare Management and Health Sciences
    University of Bayreuth
    Prieserstrasse 2
    D -95444 Bayreuth
    Phone: +49 (0) 921-55-4800

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