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222.660.01 ADVANCED NUTRITIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

Department: International Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
Description:

Addresses methodological aspects of nutritional epidemiologic research with a focus on analytical quantitative methods. Covers the main principles and quantitative research methods such as measurement errors and remedies, energy adjustment, and statistical analysis approaches. Teaches the skills and techniques to study dietary patterns, dietary quality, nutritional status, growth, agreement between assessments, and health outcomes. Key analysis approaches for studying the relationship between nutrition and health outcomes include factorial analysis, growth curve models, regression analysis, and mixed models. Addresses nutrition- and health-related questions using existing national and international nutrition-related survey data sets. Students gain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the main issues covered. Students also gain hands-on experience in data analysis, and presenting and interpreting research findings through working on real data sets in lab sessions and assignment

Learning Objective(s):

Upon completing this course students will have: 1. Gained in-depth understanding of major principals and challenges in nutritional epidemiologic research. 2. Received a comprehensive exposure to quantitative methods that can be used in analysis of nutrition-related data. 3. Gained hands-on experience of working with real nutritional epidemiologic data. 4. Developed critical thinking skills to address issues that are unique in nutritional epidemiologic research regarding study design, data analysis, and data interpretation.


Methods of Assessment: 15% participation in classes, lab sessions and group assignments; 60% assignments (6 lab assignments); 25% final project
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Thursday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Enrollment Restriction: see prerequisites
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Students need consent if they have not fulfilled the prerequisites.

Prerequisite:

Introductory courses on nutrition, biostatistics, and epidemiology (e.g., 222.641 or 222.642, 340.601or 340.751, 140.621 or 140.651, and 222.647) or consent of instructor.

Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With:
  • BE