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330054 VO+SE Application of epidemiological methods in nutritional sciences (2019W)

Continuous assessment of course work

Lehrveranstaltung für Master- und Doktoratsstudierende
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max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Part of the course time is devoted to self-study and the completion of the tasks assigned. Therefore, students do not have to be present at all course dates. The detailed schedule of the course will be discussed and determined in the first lesson on 1 October 2019 at 1.15 pm. This includes
- the definition of the individual tasks of the course participants,
- the schedule with the individual presence.

Tuesday 01.10. 13:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum 2E560 Ernährungswissenschaften UZA II
Wednesday 02.10. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 2E560 Ernährungswissenschaften UZA II
Thursday 03.10. 14:00 - 17:15 Seminarraum 2E562 Ernährungswissenschaften UZA II
Friday 04.10. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 2E562 Ernährungswissenschaften UZA II
Monday 07.10. 14:00 - 17:15 Friedrich Becke Seminarraum 2C315 3.OG UZA II
Tuesday 08.10. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 2E562 Ernährungswissenschaften UZA II
Wednesday 09.10. 14:00 - 16:30 Friedrich Becke Seminarraum 2C315 3.OG UZA II


Aims, contents and method of the course

Epidemiological methods become increasingly important to investigate the role of dietary factors (e.g. nutrient intake, food composition, dietary pattern) in the genesis of diseases or pathophysiological conditions. Evidence and generalizability of the obtained results overwhelmingly depend on type and quality of the epidemiological studies used. Experimental studies (intervention studies, randomized controlled clinical trials, RCTs) and meta-analyses are considered to rank highest in that respect. Therefore, the evidence-based approach in medicine and nutritional science relies primarily on these types of studies, both for preventive and therapeutic treatment strategies.
This course demonstrates how evidence-based approach can be applied in nutritional science. For RCTs and meta-analyses students will get detailed insight into
(1) prerequisites and requirements,
(2) study design,
(3) methods of recruitment (of subjects for RCTs and of studies for meta-analyses, resp.),
(4) procedures of data collection and evaluation,
(5) control of systematic errors,
(6) interpretation of results.
Participants will actively contribute in discussing these issues on the basis of recent nutritional studies.
The course uses and intensifies the knowledge presented in the lecture "Grundlagen der Ernährungsepidemiologie". Thus, students will be enabled to better understand published studies and, moreover, will learn how to design and conduct their own studies.

Assessment and permitted materials

- critical analysis and presentation of a given recently published nutritional epidemiological study
- written answers to short test questions during the course
- draft of a study design on a given topic in human nutrition (homework, delivery up to 6 weeks after the end of the course)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The final grade results from the presentation (27.5 %), the tests during the course (30 %), the draft of a study design (27.5 %), and the activity in discussions during the course (15 %).
The grade will be given according to the Österreichisches Schulnotensystem: < 50 % of the maximal score: 5 (failed), >= 50 %: 4, >= 63 %: 3, >= 75 %: 2, >= 87 %: 1.

Examination topics

- topics discussed in the course
- presented facts and interrelationships
- quality assessment of published studies
- preparation of study protocols

Reading list

wird vor Beginn des Kurses auf die Moodle-Seite gestellt

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:22