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Creating a Healthy Food Environment


Does the fact that half of all Dutch people are overweight concern you? And that this leads to an increase in chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and a higher risk of developing severe symptoms if they become infected with Covid-19? And do you want to do something about large health differences across different groups, based on their educational level and socio-economic status? The 20-week minor ‘Creating a Healthy Food Environment’, will help you contribute to a healthier world.
Start date
Study duration
20 weeks

About the programme

This minor focuses on creating healthier food environments. Over the course of 20 weeks, this programme challenges you to develop, apply and/or evaluate a strategy to do so. This includes topics like: 

  • How can marketing aimed at children for unhealthy products be banned.
  • Designing a supermarket (webshop) strategy to help consumers make healthy choices.
  • Introducing healthy school lunches in primary schools or healthy choices in hospitals or other healthcare facilities.

You will gather information on issues such as nutrition and health, food environment, legislation and roles of the relevant stakeholders. And you will dive into the opinions about nutrition and health of the various relevant stakeholders (government, food sector, social organisations). On that basis, you will form your individual critical opinion. The 20-week programme includes: interdisciplinary project work, guest lectures by government experts, the food sector, social organisations and knowledge institutions.

Learning goals

You will learn how to:

  • Gather reliable information.
  • Adopt a critical, nuanced and substantiated position on the causes of unhealthy food environments, based on information. 
  • Develop an effective strategy that leads to a healthier food environment, allowing consumers to eat more healthily.
  • Take into account the interests of the various relevant stakeholders, such as the food industry, government, consumers and NGOs.

Practical information

Practical information on the minor Creating a Healthy Food Environment at HAS green academy:

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Date: February - July
  • Eligibility: third year Bachelor degree programme
  • ECTS credits: 30 ECTS credits
  • Language of instruction: English

Admission requirements

To enroll in this minor programme you will need:

  • A completed higher education (hbo) propaedeutic year and at least 40 credits from the 2nd year.
  • Basic knowledge of nutrition and health is recommended, but not mandatory.

Any specific deficiencies can be discussed in advance and additional teaching material will be made available.

How to apply for an exchange programme, minor or specialisation

If your university is an exchange partner of HAS green academy you can apply for an exchange period at the International Office of your own university.

If you are from an institution without an agreement with HAS green academy, please get in touch with Loes Rosenberg at studentexchange@has.nl.

5 steps to apply

1. Apply for an exchange period

Please apply for an exchange period at the International Office at your home institution
(note: only when your home institution is an exchange partner of HAS green academy)

Partner institutions
2. Be nominated

The International Office of your home institution will nominate you as an exchange student at HAS green academy.


How to be nominated

Students can be nominated by sending an email to studentexchange@has.nl.

Please include:

  • the name,
  • date of birth,
  • gender,
  • e-mail,
  • period and
  • the programme the student wishes to apply for.
3. Info about application

After we have received your nomination, we will send you the information regarding your application at HAS (important deadlines, application form, required documents etc.).

4. Complete the application

Once we have received your (complete) application before the application deadline we will start to process it.

5. Status application and admission

After the application deadline you will be informed about the status of your application and admission at HAS green academy.

Nomination & application deadlines

Semester 1

  • Starting date studies
    28 August 2022
  • Nomination deadline
    April 2022
  • Application deadline
    May 2022

Semester 2

  • Starting date studies
    February 2023
  • Nomination deadline
    October 2022
  • Application deadline
    November 2022

Please note that it’s not needed to wait for these deadlines to apply. If you already know you would like to apply at HAS green academy, it’s possible to do this at an earlier stage.

Want to know more about exchange?

More info about exchange to the Netherlands, studying at HAS green academy and living in the Netherlands, can be found on our special Study at HAS page.

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