Food, Health and Environment

Degree course: MSc (laurea magistrale) (in English)

Class: LM-6 – Biologia


Structure: Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT)

Address: Vercelli, P.zza Sant'Eusebio, 5

Student Office: Vercelli, Via Ferraris 109

Steering committee: Proff. Roberto Barbato, Maria Cavaletto, Jean Daniel Coisson, Irma Dianzani, Marisa Gariglio e Paola Vola

Start-date: 29th October 2018

The course in brief. Food Health and Environment (FH&E) was born as an integrated action among some departments of UPO, i.e. DiSIT (Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica), DiSS (Dipartimento di Scienze della Salute), DiMET (Dipartimento di Medicina Traslazionale) and DiSEI (Dipartimento di Studi per l'Economia e l'Impresa). Other departments, i.e. DiGSPES (Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza e Scienze Politiche, Economiche e Sociali) and DSF (Dipartimento di Scienze del Farmaco) will be involved in terms of lectures.

This laurea magistrale (MSc) course is characterized by a high degree of interdisciplinarity, with the aim to give you specific preparation in the field of food and health and competences in the evaluation of environmental risks associated with food production. Part of the syllabus also aims to increase your soft skills as well as job organization.

All the lectures will be in English. 

Admission. You should hold a “diploma di laurea” (BSc degree) of the L-13 class or L-2 class  issued by UPO or by any other Italian university. If you hold a degree of other classes or a degree issued by foreign universities, admission shall be subject to a prior evaluation of the curricula requirements by a relevant Commission.

Contents. You will learn food chemistry and transformation, food biochemistry and physiology and will be trained in highly complex methods, which are typical of system biology. You will also learn to evaluate the different aspects of nutrition, regarding both healthy people and a number of pathologies, even in terms of prevention. You will also get some insights on the agronomical aspects of food production (such as physiology and modern genetics of principal agronomic plants), including the environmental impact of agriculture linked to human health.

Career opportunities  Biologist in the public and private sectors. Access to related PhD programs. The FH&E graduate can be employed in laboratories for biological, chemical-clinical and quality control analyses; in the sectors of scientific communication and dissemination, in universities and research institutions.

Erasmus mobility: Spain: “Miguel De Cervantes” (Valladolid), Saragozza, Granada, Cordova, Siviglia, Politécnica de Catalunya (Barcellona). France: Nantes, Sophia-Antipolis (Nizza), Lumière 2 (Lione). Polonia: PJ-IIT (Varsavia). Portugal: Nova (Lisbona)

Provisional Study Plan