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Teaching EpidemiologyA guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine$
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Jørn Olsen, Naomi Greene, Rodolfo Saracci, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.001.0001

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Nutritional epidemiology

Nutritional epidemiology

(p.157) Chapter 11 Nutritional epidemiology
Teaching Epidemiology

Walter C. Willett

Oxford University Press

Nutritional epidemiology focuses on the relation between diet and long-term health and disease. The course consists of four major components: lectures, readings, data collection experiences, and computer problem sets. About half of the lecture sessions are devoted to methodological issues in the measurement and analysis of dietary data, illustrated with relevant examples. The second half of the course uses substantive topics in nutritional epidemiology to reinforce the principles. Students who complete the introductory course should be familiar with the basic concepts in this field, be able to read and critically interpret published articles relating diet to disease, and be able to conduct basic analyses using dietary data, including adjustment for total energy intake and de-attenuation of correlation coefficients. Because of the complexity of nutritional epidemiology, training in this field will provide students with concepts and skills that can be applied in many other aspects of epidemiology.

Keywords:   diet, nutrition, epidemiology, measurement, analysis, questionnaires

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