ME-619Quantitative Research Methods and Regression Analysis
On successful completion of the course, the candidate:
will have insight in nutritional epidemiology including different study designs
will have in-depth knowledge of variation of diet and how that influences nutritional epidemiology
will have in-depth knowledge in dietary assessment methods and biochemical and anthropometric methods as indicators of dietary intake, and will be able to reflect upon their strengths and limitations
will have in-depth knowledge of how to analyze and interpret relationships between diet and health.
will have insight and understanding of how dietary recommendations are developed and implemented into public health nutrition policy
can formulate research questions and plan research in the field of nutritional epidemiology
can critically analyze, evaluate data and interpret results within nutritional epidemiology
can communicate diet and health relationship through national and international channels, and participate in debates in relevant fora
can identify ethical issues and carry out his/her research with scholarly integrity
This course aims to describe the complicated relation between diet and risk of common non-communicable diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. The specific contributions of nutritional epidemiology include dietary assessment, description of nutritional exposure and statistical modelling of the diet-disease relationship. Diet is difficult to measure and understanding how to interpret data from different dietary assessment methods is crucial for evaluation of the relationship between diet and health.
To reach the aim described above, the content of the course will be the following contexts and topics:
Overview of nutritional epidemiology including study designs
Foods and nutrients and the nature of variation in diet
Dietary assessment methods
Reproducibility and validity in nutritional assessment
Biochemical and anthropometric measures as indicators of diet
Correction for the effects of measurement error
Issues in analysis and presentation of dietary data
Nutrition monitoring and policy applications
Nutritional epidemiology and ethics
Teaching methods and workload
This course unit will be taught over 5 days course program and an exam. The teaching and learning methods will consist of a combination of lectures, group work, statistical analyses and presentations based on the lecture topics and the candidates¿ own ongoing research work.
The course days, group work, presentations and essay are obligatory.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final assignment is a two-weeks exam based on the course topics. The exam will be graded as pass or fail.