Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Quigley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must pass DTN201 or DTN2PNU and 120 credit points at year level 1. Must be admitted into one of the following: HBFN, HBFNX or HOUA.


Incompatible subjects DTN4EPI

Equivalent subjects DTN4EPI

Special conditions This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students who wish to undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment, may do so with subject coordinator approval.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Epidemiology: Distribution and Determinants ofPrescribedMacera C.A., Shaffer, R., Shaffer, P.M. (2013Cengage Learning

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate and apply understanding of epidemiological terms, definitions and concepts used in measurements of disease

Online learning activities.

02. Critically review and evaluate the methodologies of different study designs used in nutritional epidemiology

Online learning activities.

03. Apply skills in nutrition related data collection and management including measurement and assessment of anthropometry, dietary assessment and body composition of individuals

Students conduct an anthropometric and dietary self-assessment to compile a population dataset

04. Analyse small population datasets using biostatistics and interpret results in accordance with the NHMRC ethical code of conduct

Students analyse data from a dataset comprised of student self-assessed data and interpret results of statistical tests in a report format

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2017, OUA Study Period 4, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Quigley

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 49
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day in week 49 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research report assignment (equivalent 1500 words)This assignment is written in the style of a journal article. Students initially conduct an anthropometric and dietary self-assessment, which provides a 5% milestone and use these data to answer a research question35 01, 03, 04
4 x Module Quizzes (total time 2 hours - 2000 words equivalent)Module 1: single attempt, timed (10%) Module 2: single attempt, timed (10%) Module 3: mastery (10%) Module 4: short answer (15%) 45 01, 02, 04
Critical appraisal (equivalent 1000 words)20 02