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Undergraduate | LTU-DTN304 | 2024

Nutritional Epidemiology and Research Skills

Previously LTU-DTN404

Course information for 2024 intake

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Study eating patterns and measure how diet, body mass and types of food can prevent or contribute to disease. Discover how a diet rich in nutritional value reduces risks to human health, and helps people to live longer.

Study method
100% online
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Start dates
27 May 2024,
25 Nov 2024,
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Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks

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Nutritional Epidemiology and Research Skills

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to:

    1. Apply understanding of terms and definitions used in epidemiology, and concepts of measurements of disease.
    2. Appraise different study designs used in nutritional epidemiology.
    3. Apply appropriate skills and techniques to manage data related to dietary intake, anthropometry and body composition.
    4. Analyse small population datasets using biostatistics and interpret results in accordance with the NHMRC ethical code of conduct.

Entry requirements

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted into a degree.

Prior study

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s).

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LTU-DTN404 (Not currently available)


Prerequisites: Students must be admitted in the following course: HBFN
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed DTN4EPI (Epidemiology and Research Methods), or DTN3EPO (Epidemiology and Research Skills for Nutrition) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.

Additional requirements

  • Software requirements - The subject also requires IBM SPSS Standard Grad Pack 23/24/25/26 (statistical analysis software) and Xyris' FoodWorks (nutritional analysis software).
  • Other requirements - A good internet connection is required due to the full online delivery of this subject.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Student feedback

13 student respondents between 20 Feb - 8 Sept 2023.

53%of students felt the study load was manageable

92%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills