Would you like to think about the future of health in society? Do you want to play a role in improving health for everyone in the field of agriculture, food and the living environment? Then this minor may be for you!

In September 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 global goals to achieve 3 extraordinary issues in 2030: 1) end extreme poverty; 2) fight inequality & injustice; 3) fix climate change. In all countries. For all people. One of these 17 global goals is to ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.’ http://www.globalgoals.org

But what precisely, is considered ‘healthy’?

Human health is affected by multiple factors, for example influences from the living environment, the food chain and animal-human interactions. In this minor, these influences are mapped. The food chain, including animal husbandry, horticulture, agriculture and the environment, is studied in relation to consumer health. In addition, you will be working in a multidisciplinary team on a business case in the field of agriculture, food or the living environment, in order to support human health. Future professionals working in agriculture, food or the living environment will be inspired to take responsibility for human health.

Possible themes:

  • obesity
  • over-nutrition and under-nutrition
  • immunity
  • exercise
  • zoonosis
  • intestinal health
  • transparency of the food chain
  • consumer buying behavior
  • availability and seduction

At the end of this minor you will have gained an insight in the definition of health and well-being. You will be able to relate health and well-being to agricultural, food and environmental factors, and can use your own perspective and expertise to improve them.

On completing this minor


On completing this minor, you will be able to:

  • discuss different definitions of health and well-being
  • connect health, well-being, agricultural, food and environmental factors
  • practice research in order to answer questions from the field of agriculture, food and the living environment
  • transfer acquired knowledge to peers
  • make your professional contribution to a multidisciplinary team based on competencies specific to your study programme
  • argue the value of your solution or product in relation to social challenges in the field of agriculture, food and the living environment, including international social challenges
  • establish an image of your own talents, research competencies and weaknesses based on personal learning objectives
  • reflect on your own actions and performance
  • give and receive constructive feedback


To participate in this minor, you must have completed your first year and have earned at least 40 ECTS during your second year.

For this minor, a demonstrable knowledge of, or affinity for, agriculture, food or the living environment is required.


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