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

Activity no.: 3257-24-00-00There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 10/05/2024
Date and time10.06.2024, at: 09:00 - 14.06.2024, at: 16:15
Regular seats20
Course fee8,040.00 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 from NorDoc member faculties. 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 NorDoc member faculties. 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 the 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


10 – 14 June 2024 (5 days)

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

Please register before 10 May 2024.

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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