Nutrition and Infectious Disease


Course Objective

This course is designed to prepare students for their internships. The
example of parasitic infection in relation to anthropometric outcomes
will be used to illustrate key points relevant to nutrition and
infectious disease research.

The course will focus on parasitic infection and nutrition, including
child growth, as key global concerns, of vulnerable populations.

Specific teaching goals: Students will use a guided self-study approach
to learn the principles of nutrition and infectious disease and will be
expected to:
• Choose and explore, in depth, a biological mechanism relevant
to nutrition and infectious disease.
• Employ epidemiological methods to describe and understand risk
factors related to nutrition and infectious disease.
• To develop an appropriate study designs for a questions
related to infectious disease and nutrition.
• To assess nutrition status applying World Health Organization
(WHO) definitions to one of several available datasets and to present
the results.

Course Content

The course has a strong international focus and will cover key
nutritional concepts related to global trends, with a focus on the
nutritional concerns of vulnerable populations. The course will focus on
both epidemiology and biological pathways. The inter-relationship
between parasitic infection and both under-nutrition as well as
nutrition related chronic disease is of increasing importance and will
be emphasized throughout the course.

Teaching Methods

The focus of the course is on guided student learning. The first two
will include lectures followed by discussion groups or in-class
assignments. The remainder of the course will be focused on individual
as well as group projects and data analysis. Students will be expected
to demonstrate
an in-depth understanding of nutrition and infectious disease.

Total contact hours:
Lectures/workgroups: 50 hours
Group work/ computer rooms: 76 hours

Method of Assessment

Written exam (50%), data analysis assignment (40%), a peer review (p/f)
and presentation grade (10%). All grades must be a 5.5 or above.

Entry Requirements

Epidemiologie en biostatistiek I, II and II (for Health Sciences
Or Epidemiologie (for BMW students)
Or Methodologie I, II and II (for Life and Health Students)


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Target Audience

Optional course within the MSc programmes of Health Sciences. Compulsory
for Infectious Diseases and Public Health specialisation.

General Information

Course Code AM_470816
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. M. van der Hoeven
Examiner dr. M. van der Hoeven
Teaching Staff dr. M. van der Hoeven

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture, Study Group, Computer lab
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