Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to epidemiology and research methods
    • The research process
    • Biostatistics
    • 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
    • Australian Health Survey results
    • Epidemiology in diet and disease
    • Food composition databases
    • Human research ethics
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Study guide
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

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 1 - 1000 word critical analysis (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - 4 x module quizzes (2 hrs total) (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - 1500 word research assignment (35%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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