2017/2018, Semester 2
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health)
Modular Credits: 4
This module will be taught from 7 – 11 May 2018 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, while the final assessment will be held on 14 May 2018, 1pm to 3pm.
The course consists of (1) lectures and related class discussion/exercises (2) critiques of scientific articles that illustrate the application of important epidemiological concepts and (3) practical computer lab sessions that complement the concepts and theories taught in class. Generally, the first part of the day will consist of lectures and the second part will focus on the computer tutorial sessions and class discussions. During computer tutorial sessions, students will practice the basic skills on a common dataset in a structured guided fashion. After practicing the critical review of research articles on nutritional epidemiology in class, the students will submit a written review of an assigned research article.
Dietary exposures have an important impact on health, but are highly complex and difficult to assess. This module covers methods for the assessment of diet and nutritional status including specific topical areas such as the use of dietary patterns, and application of nutritional epidemiology in birth-cohort studies. It also covers the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological studies on diet and health. Students will be trained in the interpretation of published studies, the design of studies, and the analysis of data on diet and health. The emphasis of this course will be on the application of methods to provide skills that can be applied by students to their own research projects.
SPH5002 Public Health Research Methods OR
CO5102 Principles of Epidemiology/ Basic Epidemiology and CO5103 Quantitative Epidemiologic Methods /Basic Biostatistics
Critiques of research articles
Computer lab tutorials
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
Understand the strengths, limitations, and principles of different methods to assess dietary intakes including food frequency questionnaires, diet records, 24-hr recalls, and biochemical markers.
Understand how the nature of variation in the diet has implications for the assessment of long-term dietary intakes.
Explain the importance of accurate food composition databases for the assessment of dietary intakes.
Understand the importance and principles of adjustment for total energy intake in nutritional epidemiology.
Identify appropriate study designs for research questions on diet and health.
Explain the importance of validation studies for methods of dietary assessment in nutritional epidemiology.
Apply and interpret regression models for the analysis of data in nutritional epidemiology.
Interpret results on nutrients, foods, and dietary patterns in relation to health outcomes.
Understand the unique opportunities and challenges in applying nutritional epidemiological principles in birth-cohort studies.
Understand the strength and limitations of physical activity assessment methodology
Written research article review**
Total for CA:
*Submission deadline for Group Work:
25 May, 11:59PM
**Submission deadline for Written research article review:
30 May, 11:59PM
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week
When a student is unable to attend the required sessions, an excuse may be granted for limited time periods upon the production of evidence of illness, misadventure or leave of absence having been granted.
Students must inform the Education Office if any of the above has taken place.
Failure to meet attendance requirements will affect module grading.