dtn404 nutritional epidemiology



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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 Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Quigley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

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

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into one of the following courses: HBFN, HBFNX or HOUA and must have passed DTN201.


Incompatible subjects DTN4EPI

Equivalent subjects DTN4EPI

Special conditions This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Epidemiology: Distribution and Determinants of DiseasePrescribedMacera C.A., Shaffer, R., Shaffer, P.M. (2013)Cengage Learning
ReadingsSPSS Survival ManualPrescribedPallant, JAllen & Unwin

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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