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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Viktorija Joņina
Study type:Part time, Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Pharmacy
Branch of science:Pharmacy; Pharmacognosy


Promote the basic knowledge about food supplements: contribute to understanding the differences between food supplements and food, between food supplements and drugs; contribute to comprehension of health and nutrition claims; create notion about substances used in food supplements.


Pharmacognosy, inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, normal and pathological physiology, pharmacology, Latin, English.

Learning outcomes


Upon completion of the course the students will be able to explain the difference between food supplements and daily food; term EU and LR regulations on food supplements; explain essence of nutrition and health claims made on foods; characterise the main active substance groups that are used in the food supplements; name official (non-commercial) evidence-based information sources about natural products that are used in the food supplements; explain rules for safe purchase rules of the food supplements.


Upon completion of the course the students will be able to see the difference between the food supplements and drugs and explain their effect on the physiological functions of the organism; critically evaluate the utility of food supplements depending on the biologically active substances that they contain; critically evaluate food supplement purchase and using safety; find and properly use non-commercial evidence-based information on natural products of food supplements.


As a result of successfully acquired course the students will be able to evaluate the role and utility of food supplements in providing normal function of human organism; evaluate the safety of food supplement use.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Pharmacy, FF8Master’sLimited choiceViktorija Joņina
Pharmacy, FFN6Master’sLimited choiceViktorija Joņina