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Assessment of Nutritional Status

East Baltimore
2nd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Kerry Schulze

Previous biology or nutrition class, Principles of Human Nutrition, IH 222.641 preferred


Covers dietary and physical activity assessment, anthropometry, body composition, and micronutrient status through lectures, in-class discussions, assignments, and data collection, analysis, and presentation. It is particularly oriented to techniques that are relevant for the assessment of populations and vulnerable groups. Laboratory sessions are used to teach and apply techniques of dietary data collection and interpretation, anthropometry (weight, height, skinfolds, and circumferences) and body composition (bioelectrical impedance analysis). An emphasis is placed on using the topics as a basis for exploring the selection, reliability, applicability, and interpretation of different techniques in field settings.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand questions that can be addressed in populations using nutritional status indicators
  2. Describe performance characteristics (validity, reliability, dependability, sensitivity and specificity) of nutritional status indicators and measures and how they are assessed
  3. Know means of assessing diet, energy expenditure and physical activity, body composition and growth, and micronutrient status and under what circumstances they would be used
  4. Participate in discussions about current controversies in nutritional status assessment
  5. Articulate a position in an essay question
  6. Collect, analyze, interpret nutritional status data and be able to summarize findings in an abstract and powerpoint presentation
Methods of Assessment:

This class will evaluate students in a variety of ways. There will be 2 homework assignments that cover main aspects of the course material and 1 essay. There will also be an ongoing Class Assessment Project (CAP) that will require data collection throughout the quarter, culminating in a class presentation at the end of the term

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

if prerequisites are not met.

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