Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop an understanding of epidemiological study designs and research concepts of direct relevance to the role of food and nutrition in the prevention, causation and management of disease. Nutrition measurement 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 variables of relevance to nutritional epidemiology. Standard parametric and non-parametric statistical techniques will be reviewed and students will have the opportunity to use statistical software programs to analyse a population dataset.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSue Shepherd

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: Must be enrolled in HZHSDP - Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Dietetics Practice, HBHN - Bachelor of Human Nutrition and must pass DTN2PNU and 120 credit points at year level 1, or must be enrolled in HMDP-Master of Dietetics Practice. All other students require subject coordinator approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must be enrolled in course codes: HBHN, HZHSDP or HMDP or obtain approval from subject coordinator.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEssential epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionalsPrescribedWebb, P. Bain, C. & Pirozzo, S. 20112ND EDN, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, UK, CAMBRIDGE

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue Shepherd

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 36
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via face-to-face.

Scheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 36
One 2.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 36
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via face-to-face.
"As part of this students will need to complete 10-hours in computer labs."


Assessment elementComments%
one 1500-word assignment35
one 2-hour written examination40
one 20-minute multiple choice test10
one 500-word critical analysis assignment15