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Critical Thinking in Nutrition

East Baltimore
1st term
International Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  1:30 - 2:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Kerry Schulze

Introduces graduate students in the field of nutrition to seminal peer-reviewed papers representing common study designs in nutrition research. Teaches students how to interpret and evaluate literature in nutrition and to foster discussion and debate among students and faculty. Participating faculty select seminal papers and lead class discussions to illustrate strengths, limitations, and other qualities of the selected papers. Students are expected to read each paper and discuss in class, including explaining the rationale, methods, results, and interpretation of findings, and will similarly independently evaluate papers chosen by faculty as part of two written class assignments.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss how scientific and experimental findings make their way into the nutritional literature through didactics and examination of selected peer-reviewed journal articles of importance
  2. Critically analyze journal articles pre-selected by several members of the nutrition faculty through guided reading, in-class guided discussion and debate, and written follow-up assignments
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on attendance; contribution to discussion; and a written critique, based on principles discussed in class, of two papers from the nutrition literature .

Instructor Consent:

No consent required