Curricular Unit:Code:
Nutritional Epidemiology1080ENUT
3UndergraduateNutrition Sciences3 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Spring SemesterPortuguese/English39
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
OA1. Evaluate specific hypotheses related to food, nutrition and health and disease states in populations.
OA2. Knowing concepts related to nutritional epidemiology and knowing how to choose between different study designs and different epidemiological methods.
OA3. Acquire skills to analyze data.
OA4. Interpret and critically evaluate research publications in nutritional epidemiology.
OA5. Know the frequency, etiology and consequences of diseases related to food. Knowing the risk profile of individuals and identifying the interest in prevention.
CP1 - Measuring food intake in nutritional epidemiology considering different study designs.
CP2 - Measuring food intake through biomarkers. The implications of total energy intake in epidemiological analysis.
CP3 - Validity, reproducibility and reliability of food intake assessment methods. Errors and biases.
CP4 - Association measures. Bradford-Hill criteria.
CP5 - Design and conduct of a study. Ethical issues in nutritional epidemiology.
CP6 - Diagnostic tests. Sensitivity, specificity and predictive value. Screening.
CP7 - Assessment of food intake in pregnancy and childhood. Food and nutritional recommendations.
CP8 - Approach to topics related to nutritional epidemiology, in the context of food, nutrition, health and disease.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
CP1 aims to achieve OA1, OA2
CP2 aims to achieve OA1, OA2, OA3, OA4 and OA5
CP3 aims to achieve OA1, OA2, OA3, OA4
CP4 aims to achieve OA1, OA2, OA3, OA4
CP5 aims to achieve OA1, OA2, OA3, OA4
CP6 aims to achieve OA1, OA2, OA3, OA4
CP7 aims to achieve OA1 and OA5
CP8 aims to achieve OA1 and OA5
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
M1 - The sessions are theoretical based on the oral expository method (using a datashow), with the inclusion of practical examples and group work in class, whenever applicable.
M2 - Each session is complemented by reading, analyzing articles and relevant scientific reports to support the knowledge and ideas discussed, as well as exercises.
M3 - Availability on the e-learning platform of the contents and bibliographic references for each session.
M4 - Weekly reflections and individual/group exercises on the main topics discussed in class are carried.
Assessment: Knowledge will be evaluated continuously and periodically, through the following modalities: the theoretical component is evaluated through 2 frequencies lasting 2 hours (60%); the practical component is evaluated through 2 frequencies (30%) and 1 group work (10%).
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
To achieve the learning objectives in an integrated way, the theoretical exposition (M1) is combined with individual exercise (M2, M3 and M4) and in group (M2 and M4). In addition to the contact hours provided for during the academic period, the learning process can be guided by the professor in person or using institutional digital communication tools.
- Willett W. Nutritional epidemiology. Oxford Scholarship Online. 2013. ISBN-13: 9780199754038.
- International Epidemiological Association. A Dictionary of Epidemiology. Porta M (Editor). 6th ed., Oxford University Press. 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0199976737.
- Gordis L. Epidemiology. 6 th ed., Elsevier Saunders. 2018. ISBN: 9780323552295.
Artigo científicio:
- Williams LT. Advances in assessing dietary intake: Lessons from technology and nutritional epidemiology. Nutr Diet. 2021; 78(2):117-120. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12669
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Joana Mendes (