St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences

Youth Nutrition Mentor

Continuing Education Course
  • Organisational form:
    Certificate course in further education according to § 9 FHStG
  • Course duration:
    1 semester, 8 ECTS
  • Course fee:
    in the framework of the project GAAS, participation is free of charge (valid for the year SS 2017), the student union fee has to be paid
  • Location:
    St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Department of Health Sciences / Dietetics and University of Vienna, Department of Nutrition Sciences
  • Course start:
    planned start of the next course in summer term 2018
  • Number of participants:
  • Course instructors:
    UAS-Prof. Mag. Gabriele Karner, MBA (St. Pölten UAS), Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Petra Rust (University of Vienna)
  • Cooperating partner:
    University of Vienna, Department of Nutrition Sciences

As important confidants, individuals in the social-integrative field of out-of-school youth work are frequently confronted with health-related issues in their everyday work, particularly with regard to nutrition. The certificate course teaches the basic concepts of an appropriate nutrition-oriented diet as well as nutrition competencies for out-of-school youth work. Through the initiation and accompanying implementation of specific projects, the practice transfer of teaching contents is ensured.

Educational objectives

Through the certificate course, students acquire the following qualifications:

  • They deal with selected nutrition topics relevant to the field of out-of-school youth work. With the acquired methods and techniques of psychosocial health promotion, the nutrition competence of young people is strengthened.
  • The acquisition of interdisciplinary ways of thinking and acting is promoted through the different occupational or academic backgrounds of the students and lecturers from various scientific and practical fields.
  • The certificate course enables the students to put the acquired competencies into practice. Students can plan and implement small nutritional projects in out-of-school youth work.

Target group

The certificate course is aimed at people in the social-integrative field of out-of-school youth work.

Duration and extent

The certificate course is designed as extra-occupational further education, lasts one semester and is comprised of 8 ECTS. In-class teaching takes place in blocks.


The interdisciplinary project GAAS (project for the promotion of the health competencies of young people who are not in education, employment or training) is being carried out in the period of 2015 to 2018 by St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and the University of Vienna, in cooperation with Nordrand Mobile Youth Work (Nordrand Mobile Jugendarbeit) and the Production School spacelab (Produktionsschule spacelab).

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Mag. Claudia Winkler, BSc

Mag. Claudia Winkler, BSc

Junior Researcher Institute of Health Sciences
Department of Health Sciences