Nutrition: a multidisciplinary science
Inadequate food is a central determinant in the loss of quality of life of populations and human health. How we produce and eat is also a determining factor in climate change and the planet's health.
For these reasons, there has never been so much interest in nutritional science and the work of nutritionists. Although nutrition is centred on the biological process in which nutrients interact with our body's cells and systems, it is a transversal area that crosses areas such as biochemistry, physiology or human behaviour. The Nutritionist is the health professional responsible for putting all these pieces together.
The "House of Nutrition", as we call our Faculty, also maintains important links with other Faculties of the U.Porto, with research centres of excellence and university hospitals and health units, enabling contact with these training models of excellence.
Due to its international recognition, it receives students and teachers from all over the world. Therefore, it is a cosmopolitan centre of knowledge and research located in the Campo Alegre campus - one of the most beautiful areas of Porto.
At FCNAUP, doors open in several areas.
In the Agro-Food Industry, nutritionists have transversal functions ranging from collaborating in developing new products to technical and scientific support to Marketing or Quality Control teams.
In addition to the Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Sciences, the FCNAUP offers various postgraduate training courses, such as:
- Master's Degree in Food Service Management;
- Master's Degree in Gastronomic Sciences;
- Master's Degree in Nutrition Education;
- Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition;
- Master's Degree in Community Nutrition and Public Health;
- Master's Degree in Paediatric Nutrition;
- Doctorate in Food Consumption and Nutrition Science;
- Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition.
A new House of Nutrition
In 2020 FCNAUP moved to the centre of Porto in the Campo Alegre area. In this renovated building, close to the University Stadium, Casa da Música, museums and services, students have access to facilities suitable for teaching, research, innovation and community service activities, such as:
- Gastrotechnical Laboratories;
- Body Composition Laboratory;
- Dr Emílio Peres Space — multipurpose area to support Teaching and Culture.
The new facilities have thus reinforced the conditions of the faculty in areas such as teaching and research, as well as the provision of services to the community.