Overview of courses offered by the Research Group PHN

  • Grundlagen der Humanernährung
    (Vorlesung & Übung, Life Sciences Ernährungswissenschaft B.Sc.)
  • Biostatistik
    (Vorlesung & Übung, Life Sciences Ernährungswissenschaft B.Sc.)
  • Public Health Nutrition
    (Vorlesung & Übung, Life Sciences Ernährungswissenschaft B.Sc.)
  • Ernährungsphysiologie der Makro- und Mikronährstoffe
    (Seminar, Life Sciences Ernährungswissenschaft B.Sc.)
  • Integrierte Ernährungswissenschaft
    (Seminar, Life Sciences Ernährungswissenschaft B.Sc.)
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments
    (Lecture & Exercise, Nutrition & Biomedicine, M.Sc.)
  • Health Behaviour & Health Promotion
    (Lecture & Exercise, Nutrition & Biomedicine, M.Sc.)

Details can be found on Moodle.



Topics for Bachelor's or Master's theses

  • Qualitative assessment of mobile nutrition apps by undergraduate students enrolled for "Life Sciences – Ernährungswissenschaft"
    We ran an online survey among undergraduate students enrolled for "Life Sciences – Ernährungswissenschaft" and asked them to test and evaluate several mobile nutrition apps.
    The aim of this project is to summarize and assess the evaluation reports provided by the students with specific focus on user preferences and needs regarding mobile nutrition apps.

  • Transformation of the results from an online FFFQ into optimal user feedback
    We have developed an online FFQ (food frequency questionnaire) that collects information about users' dietary habits and long-term nutrient intakes.
    The aim of this project is to develop a scheme how the collected information could be used to provide optimal feedback to the users (with respect to comprehensibility and motivation on pursue a health diet).

  • Trends in energy intakes over the previous decades
    Researchers claim that the current obesity pandemic has been caused by increasing energy intakes in many populations over the previous decades. But representative and reliable data are scarce, and the comparability of results from respective epidemiological studies is limited.
    The aim of this project is to perform a literature research and some kind of meta analysis in order to shed light into the issue of (global) trends in energy intakes.

  • Comparison of the nutritional situation in EC Member States based on FAO's Food Balance Sheets
    Worldwide dietary data for nutrition monitoring and surveillance are commonly derived from food balance sheets (FBS), which provide valuable yearly information on food availability on a national level. Therefore, these data are well suitable for comparisons either across countries or over time, or even both.
    The aim of this project is to compare the nutritional situation in EC member states and respective time trends since the year 2000.
  • Photo-based dietary assessment tools
    There is a growing number of dietary assessment tools. More and more classical approaches are digitalized and available as online tools or mobile apps. With smart phones as permanent companion through everyday life, photo-based dietary assessment becomes increasingly important.
    The aim of this project is to compile a market overview of photo-based dietary assessment tools and evaluate the strengths and limitations of such approaches.
    (In progress, summer term 2021)

  • Integration of Behaviour Change Techniques within nutrition-related mobile apps 
    The number of mobile apps exploded within the last years. Putting the quantify-yourself movement into focus, especially apps focusing on health outcomes are booming. Yet, most of these apps are used rather at short term. Keeping users motivated to use the apps on a long term, some apps integrate behavioural change techniques like goal setting and monitoring within their features.
    The aim of this project is to perform a literature research and content analysis focusing on the integration of behavioural change techniques into nutrition related apps.
    (In progress, summer term 2021)

  • Nutritional situation in Colombia with special focus on the consequences of the flow of refugees from Venezuela
    Completed (summer 2020) 
  • Development of recruiting strategies for an app-based dietary survey among Elderly
    Completed (summer 2020)

  • Assessment of the nutritional quality of snack bars in the German market based on a nutrient profiling approach
    (Completed summer 2020)

  • Impact of food choices on sustainability aspects of diets
    (Completed spring 2021)