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The Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health (IFNHH) is a leading provider of knowledge for food and health innovation in New Zealand. IFNHH offers integrated research and education across the entire food and health value chain.
The Food Science and Technology Division specialises in all aspects of food manufacture to satisfy the current needs of the world’s population. Our graduates are in high demand, as they develop theoretical and practical knowledge that enable them to work in the international food industry. Our courses are taught in New Zealand and abroad.
Health promotion is becoming increasingly important, with an increased focus on wellness and disease prevention combined with knowledge and understanding of the contribution the natural environment may make to community health. Environmental factors (natural and mechanical) have a major impact on human health and wellbeing. Research in the division focuses on detection, examination and determination of the risk these environmental factors play on human health.
In New Zealand's thriving scientific communities, the Institute of Food Nutrition and Human Health works closely with other institutes, universities and research centres to produce valuable scientific research. By working together, the centres are able to foster scientific progression and take advantage of the different skills and backgrounds of the different research institutions.
The science of human nutrition encompasses all interactions between dietary nutrients and the human body. By studying how individual food components are digested, absorbed, metabolised, and utilised, we can understand their effects on genes, cells, organs, and the whole person. Deliberate manipulation of these food interactions can lead to improved health.
Human physiology is the science that encompasses the normal functions of the human body, including its organ systems. From foetal development to geriatric diseases, physiology is at the core of the biological sciences. By learning how the body works normally, scientists can then identify what is abnormal and work to find ways to improve health, longevity, and wellbeing.
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Last updated on Thursday 03 October 2013