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Nutritional Epidemiology (Sum Epi)


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ayesha Khan

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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 99% Homework

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Course will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times the course is scheduled. For further information, please see the Institute website