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Shirley A. Beresford
NUTR 538
Seattle Campus

Nutritional Epidemiology

Application of epidemiological methods to current studies of diet, nutrition, and chronic disease. A discussion of current issues and controversies enables students to plan studies in nutritional epidemiology and disease prevention. Prerequisite: EPI 511 or EPI 512 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with EPI 538; A.

Class description

The course reviews current methods of measurement of dietary intake, presents the application of epidemiological methods to current studies of nutrition and disease, and discusses dissemination of findings in the context of public health recommendations. Students work in groups to lead three discussions of topical issues and controversies related to different diet and disease associations. These are spread over the course, and participation in the discussion is also considered an essential part of the class. The first part of the course is devoted to a detailed study of some special methodological problems of importance in nutritional epidemiology studies. In the second part, practicing epidemiologists will discuss their own research and the nutritional epidemiological principles involved. The emphasis will be on study design and interpretation of results.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Combined lecture plus discussion

Recommended preparation

Introductory level epidemiology course Some biostatistics

Class assignments and grading

Readings in advance Preparation for mid-term Preparatiopn and participation indiscussions Short research proposal and presentation to class

Student participation,including discussions 25% Mid-term exam 25% Research proposal, including presentation 50%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Shirley A. Beresford
Date: 09/20/2005