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Nutrition Epidemiology

June 17-21, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2 credits
Course Number: 340.650.79 (synchronous online)

Course Instructor:


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.

Student Evaluation: Homework

Learning Objective:

  • Apply a conceptual framework for choosing appropriate indicators of nutritional status for different research and programmatic applications

  • Identify key methodological issues when assessing dietary intake, biochemical and anthropometric indicators, and the implications of those issues for assessing nutrition disease relationships

  • Apply statistical methods for evaluating indicators of nutritional status, for choosing among candidate indicators and for assessing biases in nutrition-disease relationships

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail