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Obesity: course and consequence -interplay between behaviour, society and genes 
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3257-22-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 26/01/2022
Date and time31.01.2022, at: 09:00 - 04.02.2022, at: 16:30
Regular seats20
Course fee7,800.00 kr.
LecturersBerit Lilienthal Heitmann
ECTS credits3.80
Contact personFanney Þorsteinsdóttir    E-mail address: fanney.thorsteinsdottir@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. understand and discuss whether obesity is a disease

2. understand the epidemiology of obesity from birth to old age

3. understand the importance of appetite regulation and energy expenditure

4. understand and discuss the complexity related to the causes of obesity, including interactions with genes and the environment

5. understand the health consequences of obesity

6. understand if and how obesity may be managed at the individual and societal levels

Obesity is not the simple consequence of too much food and too little exercise. Rather we know today, that a multitude of factors play a role, and that development of obesity is the consequence of a complex interplay between factors related to behavior, society, genes and the environment. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest development in our understanding of the putative causes and consequences of human obesity and offer knowledge on potential avenues for prevention, diagnosis and management of obesity from infancy through old age. The course program will thus permit attendees to improve their knowledge in this field, with updated overviews.

PhD students with basic knowledge in epidemiology, medicine and/or nutrition

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes



Course director
Berit L. Heitmann, berit.lilienthal.heitmann@regionh.dk


31 January – 4 February 2022

Course location
Enheden for Epidemiologisk Kostforskning, Parker Instituttet, Frederiksberg Hospital, Nordre Fasanvej 57, Vej 8, Indgang 19, 2000 Frederiksberg

Please register before 10 January 2022

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.

Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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