Education and Mentorship – from upper secondary school to junior faculty and clinical scientists
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Governing Obesity strives to improve the connection between research and education all the way from upper secondary school to junior faculty level, to foster interdisciplinary mentorship, and deliver graduates and PhDs, who will be attractive employees in the public and private sector.
Governing Obesity encourages students from a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as nutrition, public health, medicine, human physiology, humanities, social science etc. to write their Bachelor and Master’s theses in the field of obesity.
Bachelor and Master students at Governing Obesity are teamed up with students from different faculties and educations to receive joint interdisciplinary mentorship and coaching, to participate and collaborate in concrete research projects, and to engage in the University of Copenhagen's network for obesity research.
In the fall of 2014, a Master course on Governing Obesity was offered to Master students from UCPH with the aim to introduce students to fifferent disciplines' perspectives on obesity. The aim with the course was to train students in interdisciplinary thinking, and to provide an understanding of the complex causes and aspects of interventions against obesity.
Together with the Department of Public Health, Governing Obesity offers a two-week full-time course in Obesity in a Cross-disciplinary Perspective. The course focuses on different explanations of the increasing obesity prevalence, on preventive and therapeutic measures to reduce this prevalence, on possible harmful health effects of interventions, including stigma and counterproductive reactions. The course takes place 10-21 August 2015, it is taught in English and is open to national and international Master students.
A strong new generation of medical researchers is called for. Building on past experience and international collaborators, including IFB (Integriertes Forschungs- und Behandlungszentrum AdipositasErkrankungen) in Leipzig, ICAN (Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition) in Paris, and MRC (Centre for Obesity and Related Metabolic Diseases) in Cambridge, Governing Obesity will recruit medical students for assignments, research years and PhD-studies, and strengthen the avenues for continued affiliation with the university after the PhD-degree.
Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online for anyone to take for free. The aim is a future, where everyone will have access to world-class education.
The University of Copenhagen is a Coursera partner, and currently offers the following course on lifestyle diseases.
Diabetes is a growing health problem in rich and poor countries alike. With this course you will get up to date on cutting-edge diabetes research, including biological, genetic and clinical aspects as well as prevention and epidemiology of diabetes.
The course is lead by Professor Jens Juul Holst from Governing Obesity and feature teaching from GO researchers Professor Thorkild I. A. Sørensen, Professor Torben Hansen and Professor Bente Stallknecht.
Workload: 3-5 hours/week
Start: 24th of March and the following 6 weeks