Course ObjectiveIs coffee healthy or not? Does sugar tax work? Is the
cholesterol-lowering claim on the product Becel pro-activ justified?
These questions are examples of nutrition questions that nutritionist
are confronted with.
Everyone knows that nutrition is an important contributor to better
public health. But what is a healthy diet, and what foods are 'a
For development and revisions of dietary guidelines and for validation
of health claims on food products an evidence-based approach is
necessary. For this evidence-based approach all evidence should be
collected and critically weighed in an objective way, putting aside
prejudice and beliefs. Only in this way nutrition research can be
translated into good policy. This course covers nutrition research from
critically evaluating available evidence,
choosing the appropriate study design for nutrition related research,
analyzing and interpreting the results, and finally translating
nutrition research in nutrition policy.
• Recognize and evaluate study designs for quantitative research and
weigh the current scientific evidence on specific nutrition topics using
an evidence based approach
• Formulate a specific research question in the nutrition field,
systematically search, analyse and critically judge the available
literature, write a systematic review on the findings and orally discuss
• Judge the implications of available scientific evidence for future
research, policy measures and industry in the nutrition field.
Course Content- Various evidence based approaches
- Quantitative research designs
- Scientific evidence for dietary recommendations
- Public health nutrition in practice
- Major nutrition-related diseases
- Scientific evaluation of a self chosen topic on nutrition and health
Teaching MethodsThis course consists of 6 credits divided as follows: lectures (~16
hours); workshops literature assignment (~10 hours), guest lectures (~4
hours), self study (~138 hours)
Method of AssessmentGrades for written exam and for literature assignment.
Both grades should be 5.5 or higher in order to pass the course (no
Entry RequirementsBachelor course 'Voedingsonderzoek' or 'Voedingsleer en onderzoek', or
Students should have followed the master course in September ''Research
Methods for Health Sciences''. If not, contact the course coordinator.
LiteratureWill be announced through Canvas and the study
Target AudienceMaster students Health Sciences
Additional InformationThe course is a compulsory course for the specialization `Nutrition and
Health' within the MSc Health Sciences program.
Students should have passed the bachelor course 'Voedingsonderzoek' or
'Voedingsleer en onderzoek', or
Students should have followed the master course ''Care and Prevention
Research''. If not, contact the course coordinator.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. ir. M.R. Olthof|
|Examiner||dr. ir. M.R. Olthof|
dr. ir. M.R. Olthof
prof. dr. ir. M. Visser
prof. dr. ir. I.A. Brouwer
dr. H.A.H. Wijnhoven
I. Veldman MSc
dr. L.A. Schaap
dr. A.M.M. Vaes
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Study Group*, Lecture, Excursion*, Excursion|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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