Nutritional Epidemiology and Research Skills - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 4
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - 1500 word assignment (35%) , Critical Analysis - 1000 word critical analysis (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

In this subject you will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of epidemiology, the main study designs and research concepts of direct relevance to the role of food and nutrition in the prevention and causation of disease. Nutritional epidemiology techniques for the assessment of diet and body composition of individuals and populations are covered in depth. The course covers sources of data on mortality and morbidity, measures of disease prevalence, incidence and risk, chance, bias and confounding. Standard and non-parametric statistical techniques will be reviewed and you will have the opportunity to analyse a population dataset. You will acquire knowledge and skills that form the foundation for research practice in nutrition.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply understanding of epidemiological terms, definitions and concepts used in measurements of disease
  2. Critically review and evaluate the methodologies of different study designs used in nutritional epidemiology
  3. Apply skills in nutrition related data collection and management including measurement and assessment of anthropometry, dietary assessment and body composition of individuals
  4. Analyse small population datasets using biostatistics and interpret results in accordance with the NHMRC ethical code of conduct.
  • Assignment — 1500 word assignment (35%)
  • Critical Analysis — 1000 word critical analysis (20%)
  • Quizzes — 4 x module quizzes (45%)

Must pass DTN201 or DTN2PNU and 120 credit points at year level 1.

  • Other special requirement — If cross institutional, unit coordinator approval needed. View OUA info on La Trobe On Campus to Online or Pathway Programs for details.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to epidemiology and research methods
2The research process
4Measurements of disease exposure and occurrence
5Confidence intervals, relative risk, odds ratios
6Accuracy measures in epidemiology
7Nutritional biomarkers in epidemiology
8Quality criteria and levels of evidence
9Australian Health Survey results
10Epidemiology in diet and disease
11Food composition databases
12Human research ethics

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Introduction to Epidemiology : Distribution and


    ISBN: 9781111540302


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  • SPSS Survival Manual: A step by step guide to data


    ISBN: 9781760291952


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  • IBM SPSS Statistics Standard Grad Pack V 23.0


    ISBN: 0990678389289


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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