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Nutrition Epidemiology (Sum Epi)

Course Status

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Provides 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. Emphasizes issues such as intraindividual variation, measurement of error, misclassification, correlated variables, population homogeneity, and the use of group versus individual data. Covers the selection and use of dietary and nutritional status assessment methods appropriate for different study designs, and some experience in their use and interpretation will be provided. Emphasizes the impact of methodological issues, and the type of study design, on interpretation and conclusions from research in nutrition epidemiology.
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 taught via Zoom (340.650.79). This section of Nutrition Epidemiology will be taught onsite at 615 North Wolfe Street. Please choose the course format you need (either in-person or online) when registering in SIS.