NUTR09021 2019 Nutritional Epidemiology

General Details

Full Title
Nutritional Epidemiology
Transcript Title
Nutritional Epidemiology
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Laura Keaver, Irina Uzhova
Programme Membership
SG_SPUNU_M09 201900 Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition

This course is designed to provide graduate students with the skills to conduct and interpret epidemiological studies relating diet and nutritional status to disease and health, and apply the statistical methods commonly used in nutritional epidemiology to analyse diet-disease associations.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Be able to explain the characteristics of study designs used in nutritional epidemiology and public health and indicate the major (dis)advantages of the various study designs 


Be able to explain the difference between internal and external validity of the epidemiological findings 


Be able to interpret precision measures


Critically evaluate studies used in nutritional epidemiology, taking methodological considerations into account 


Adjust for confounding and identify effect modifiers using both stratified analysis and statistical modelling

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part time through online lectures

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment

Indicative Syllabus

Basic concepts, measures used to describe health, disease and mortality;  surveillance systems ; strengths, limitations and theoretical basis of epidemiologic study designs; selection error, information error, confounding, bias and effect measure modification ; causal inference from randomized experiments and observational data; assessment of validity of epidemiological findings ; methods of dietary pattern analysis ; nutrigenetics; introduction to R.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual assignments Continuous Assessment Assignment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lectures 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013 Nutritional Epidemiology Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199754038 ISBN-13 0199754039

Willett's Nutritional Epidemiology has become the foundation of this field. This new edition updates existing chapters and adds new ones addressing the assessment of physical activity, the role of genetics in nutritional epidemiology, and the interface of this field with policy.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Willett W. Nutritional Epidemiology (3rd edition). New York: Oxford University Press, 2012..

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