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340.650.11 Nutritional Epidemiology (Sum Epi)

Department:
Epidemiology
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Credits:
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Location:
East Baltimore
Dates:
Mon 06/17/2019 - Fri 06/21/2019
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Ayesha Khan
Course Instructor:
Resources:
Description:

The course will provide an introduction to the methodological issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of studies investigating the relationship between nutritional status, diet and disease. Emphasis will be placed on issues such as intraindividual variation, measurement of error, misclassification, correlated variables, population homogeneity, and the use of group versus individual data. The selection and use of dietary and nutritional status assessment methods appropriate for different study designs will be covered, and some experience in their use and interpretation will be provided. The impact of methodological issues, and of the type of study design, on interpretation and conclusions from research in nutrition epidemiology will be emphasized. Prerequisites: None.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss methodological issues in the use and interpretation of nutritional methods
  2. Apply methodological principles when implementing research studies or interpreting the scientific literature
  3. Describe the nature and origin of error in nutritional data, reliability and validity of measures, and methodological steps to address problems/limitations
Methods of Assessment:

Student performance is evaluated by five (5) homework exercises. The homework assignments are weighted according to the number of points assigned. The final homework assignment is due 2 weeks after the course finishes, but many finish it up the day of the last class.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required