Nutritional Epidemiology and Research Skills
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.
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- 28 Nov 2022
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Demonstrate and apply understanding of epidemiological terms, definitions and concepts used in measurements of disease;
- Critically review and evaluate the methodologies of different study designs used in nutritional epidemiology;
- Apply skills in nutrition related data collection and management including measurement and assessment of anthropometry, dietary assessment and body composition of individuals;
- Analyse small population datasets using biostatistics and interpret results in accordance with the NHMRC ethical code of conduct.
- Introduction to epidemiology and research methods
- Research process
- Measurements of disease exposure and occurrence
- Confidence intervals, relative risk, odds ratios
- Accuracy measures in epidemiology
- Nutritional biomarkers in epidemiology
- Quality criteria and levels of evidence
- Health Survey results
- Epidemiology in diet and disease
- Food composition databases
- Human research ethics
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-Nutritional Epidemiology and Research Skills (No longer available)
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)
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 you will be permitted to enrol in this subject, however you should withdraw your enrolment, or it will be withdrawn on your behalf, if you are unsuccessful in passing the prerequisite subject once results are released.
- 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 - This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia, late enrolments are generally not permitted past the published close of application date for the study period. For students not enrolled in the prerequisite courses, you may be able to undertake these subjects with approval of your home course coordinator, please contact ASK La Trobe for assistance. Students who successfully complete two from the four open enrolment subjects (HBS101, DTN101, CHM101, PHE102) may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. You must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition to be eligible to enrol in all other non-open access subjects offered in the degree.
Please note: this subject was previously known as DTN404 Nutritional Epidemiology and Research Skills
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 degree 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.
- 3 Part Research project (2,750-words equivalent) (70%)
- 2 x Module Quizzes (total time 60 minutes - 1,000-words equivalent) (30%)
Current study term: 29 May 22 to 28 Aug 22
Next study term: 27 Nov 22 to 26 Feb 23