ERN3400 – Nutrition and media

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to how the main media channels work and how knowledge about clinical nutrition is disseminated in the various media. Emphasis will be on the main media, primarily radio, television, internet, social media and public information activities. In addition, the course will provide an understanding of and practice in analysis of dissemination of information via various different media.

Learning outcome


The course provides students with knowledge to be able to:

  • provide an account of the main media channels, their target groups and how they operate
  • explain which media channels are best suited for different types of subject matter
  • identify key nutrition-related topics in the media
  • identify the various diet stakeholders in the media and their agendas
  • describe how knowledge-based nutrition can be promoted in the media


You will learn to:

  • communicate knowledge-based dietary advice in different media
  • formulate a debate contribution or opinion piece on a topical issue related to nutrition
  • analyse different commercial and ideological diet stakeholders in the media
  • master and become confident in arguing your case on various media platforms

General competencies

You will be able to:

  • work independently on communicating nutrition-related topics on different media platforms
  • reflect critically and constructively on the significance of the media in disseminating information about knowledge-based clinical nutrition
  • contribute to other professionals in the field of nutrition getting involved in media work


Closed professional degree.

This course is reserved exclusively for students taking the five-year master's degree in clinical nutrition.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Required previous knowledge

Students ought to have at least 150 credits of nutrition-related education.

The Faculty may require a programme student who has been absent from the programme for more than two consecutive years to repeat previously approved mandatory teaching and/or previously passed examinations before being allowed to resume his/her studies.


The teaching consists of lectures, practical exercises with writing training, interviews, online publication and promotion of own causes.


Portfolio assessment

Students must pass all the examinations in one semester before they can proceed to the next semester. A student who is sitting a new or deferred examination may nevertheless continue to attend courses until the examination results are announced, or, as applicable, until the result of an appeal has been announced, but must discontinue the semester if the final result is a "fail".

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

It is possible to sit the examination in this course up to three times, i.e. it is possible to submit the assignment for grading up to three times. Students who do not submit the assignment within the stipulated deadline must provide a medical certificate in order to have legitimate absence approved and be given a new deadline for submission.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course will be evaluated by the students at the end of the course.

Facts about this course




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