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Nutrition Epidemiology (Sum Epi)

Summer Institute
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, June 19, 2023
End Date
Friday, June 23, 2023
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 8:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
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
Special Comments

Nutrition Epidemiology is offered as a hybrid course, with both an onsite section (340.650.11) and synchronous online section (340.650.79). Please choose the course format you need (either in-person or online) when registering in SIS. This section of Intermediate will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times the course is scheduled.