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HNSC 7244X: Nutritional Epidemiology

OER by Margrethe F. Horlyck-Romanovsky

Course Specific Policies


Usually, this section is about absences due to illness and other conflicts outside of your control. Since the course is provided in an asynchronous format, attendance is tracked in a less rigid manner than when we would meet in person. Nevertheless, you are obligated to attend to course requirements at least once a week, and complete course requirements as they are due. Blackboard will track your “attendance” and therefore also any note absence for extended periods of time. In the event you are experiencing illness or other causes for not being able to keep up with the coursework, you must contact me and submit a doctor’s note or other documentation for missed work.

Online Classroom Behavior

  • Our online classroom will be collaborative. Students should make every effort to be courteous, collaborative and respectful of their peers in online forums, discussions, class activities and in feedback provided on other student work.
  • Read the assigned readings; pose questions for clarification; show enthusiasm for the material; look for examples in everyday life.
  • Students are expected to play an active role in their education and be curious about how public health can enrich their education and contribute to the health of populations.

How to format written work

  • ONLY MS Word documents accepted.
  • NO pdf, notepad or other file format will be accepted.
  • File name: Follow this format
    • First Name_Last Name_Course Abbreviation and Number_Assignment Title_Fall 2023
    • Example: Jane_Doe_HNSC7244X_Critique of Survey Tool_Fall 2023
  • Document must also include: class name, your name, date, a title and page numbers 
  • Use double-spaced text (no triple/quadruple spaces between paragraphs) 
  • Use standard 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins
  • Cite all sources, including recipes, following the APA style format
  • Citation in the text for ANY information that is not considered common knowledge AND full references at the end of your assignment. Follow the APA format
    • Topic/thesis and Semester Assignment must be submitted through the appropriate Blackboard links by 11:59PM on the due date.

Important Information about Email Correspondence

Keep in mind that your instructors receive many, many emails, and the best way to ensure a timely response is to make your email polite, clear and concise.

  1. Email is a formal means of communication in the context of school or work.
  2. Therefore, you should sign every message with your full name, use polite language, proper punctuation, greetings, and salutations. 
  3. Please avoid abbreviations, text messaging shorthand and slang
  4. Use the subject line format as follows:
    1. Course Abbreviation and Number (HNSC 7244X)
    2. Your Last Name
    3. Name of assignment/question/topic
  • Example of how your email subject line should look:  HNSC 7244X - Smith - StoryMap question
    • Please allow 24 hours for a response before emailing a second time.

Course Evaluation / Final Grade

Your final course grade will be comprised of the following components:

Grade Components Percentage of Final Grade
Participation and attendance 20%
Assignment 1:  Blog 15%

Assignment 2: Survey

Assignment 3: Critique of Survey Tool 10%
Assignment 4: StoryMap 20%
Final Exam 20%

Important Notes:

  • Extra Credit IS often offered in this course.
  • Late assignments are NOT accepted unless discussed in advance.


Unless otherwise stated, a curve will not be used.

Numeric Score Letter Grade
97-100 A+
92-96 A
90-91 A-
87-89 B+
82-86 B
80-81 B-
77-79 C+
72-76 C
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CUNY Policies

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The Brooklyn College Center for Student Disability Services external link. is back to working in-person on campus, though you can still reach out via email and phone. Please email them at for assistance.

Location: 138 Roosevelt Hall
Phone: 718.951.5538
FAX: 718.951.4442
Department Office Hours:

  • Monday: 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m.–6:45 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m.–6:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Note: Office hours during summer and winter intersession breaks varies.

Students should inform the professor if they have a disability or any other situation that may require Section 504/ADA accommodations.  The faculty and staff will attempt to work out whatever arrangements are necessary.

Please provide your professor with your course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with your professor as soon as possible to ensure accommodations are met in a timely fashion.

In order to receive academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or who suspect that they might have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell or the Assistant Director, Josephine Patterson or their general email

Center for Student Disability Services (CSDS) Mission:
It is the mission of the Center for Student Disability Services (CSDS) to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all campus facilities, curricula, and activities. The program’s objective focuses on providing students with reasonable disability-related accommodations and the opportunity to maximize their academic success at Brooklyn College. The goal is to ensure an inclusive environment while maintaining and enhancing the college’s academic excellence by providing students with disabilities the opportunity to achieve their highest possible academic potential.

Academic dishonesty of any type, including cheating and plagiarism, is unacceptable at Brooklyn College. Cheating is any misrepresentation in academic work. Plagiarism is the representation of another person’s work, words, or ideas as your own. Students should consult the Brooklyn College Student Handbook for a fuller, more specific discussion of related academic integrity standards.

Academic dishonesty is punishable by failure of the “…test, examination, term paper or other assignment on which cheating occurred” (Faculty Council, May 18, 1954).

In addition, disciplinary proceedings in cases of academic dishonesty may result in penalties of admonition, warning, censure, disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsion, complaint to civil authorities, or ejection (Adopted by Policy Council, May 8, 1991).

NOTE: If you have a question about how to cite correctly ask your teacher BEFORE submitting your work.

  • The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism.
  • Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both.
  • View complete text of CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and Brooklyn College procedure for policy implementation.
  • If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member must report the violation.
  • Please read the section entitled “Academic Regulations and Procedures” in the Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin or Graduate Bulletin for a complete listing of academic regulations of the College.

Bereavement Policy:

  • Students who experience the death of a loved one must contact the Division of Student Affairs, 2113 Boylan Hall, if they wish to implement either the Standard Bereavement Procedure or the Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure. The Division of Student Affairs has the right to request a document that verifies the death (e.g., a funeral program or death notice). Contact Email:
  • Typically, this death involves that of a family member, in parallel to the bereavement policy for faculty and staff. However, it is up to the discretion of the Division of Student Affairs to determine if a death outside of the immediate family warrants implementation of the student bereavement policy.
  •  As an option, and in consultation with the Division of Student Affairs, students may take the Leave of Absence Bereavement after the Standard Bereavement.
  • Reference to the Student Bereavement Policies will be noted on course syllabi.
  • Students requesting a religious accommodation should contact the Division of Student Affairs as well. The chief student affairs officer, or a designee, and the student will engage in an interactive process with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation.

Bereavement Procedure:

  • Upon approval from the Division of Student Affairs, the student is allowed one week, commencing from the day of notification to the Division of Student Affairs, of excused absence.
  • Should the student feel that he/she needs additional days, these should be discussed with individual course instructors and/or the Division of Student Affairs.
  • The Division of Student Affairs will contact the student’s faculty and academic staff of the student’s courses.
  • Faculty and academic staff will be advised that extensions must be granted to the student for the period of one week of excused absence.
  • Further extensions may be negotiated with the student when he or she returns to campus.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss options with their instructors.

Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure:

  • Students may be allowed to withdraw from the semester in which the death occurs.
  • The Bereavement Leave of Absence is for one semester only.
  • Students who have opted to take the Bereavement Leave of Absence and have already attended classes for the semester of the leave will be allowed to re-enter the following semester without having to reapply to the college.
  • Students who wish to take the leave of absence prior to the beginning of the semester will be required to reapply for the following semester.
  • Students who are in good academic standing will be given the opportunity to successfully complete the credits for the semester in which they return.
  • Students will consult with the Division of Student Affairs, on a case-by-case basis, as to whether they should withdraw from their courses during this leave of absence or to request incompletes from the faculty member.
  •  Given that there may be a potential impact on financial aid, students who receive financial aid and who take the Bereavement Leave of Absence, upon arrangement with the Division of Student Affairs, will meet with a financial aid adviser prior to taking this option.
  • The New York State Education Law provides that no student shall be expelled or refused admission to an institution of higher education because he or she is unable to attend classes or participate in examinations or study or work requirements on any particular day or days because of religious beliefs.
  • Students who are unable to attend classes on a particular day or days because of religious beliefs will be excused from any examination or study or work requirements.
  • Faculty must make good-faith efforts to provide students absent from class because of religious beliefs equivalent opportunities to make up the work missed; no additional fees may be charged for this consideration.
  • If classes, examinations, or study or work requirements occur on Friday after 4 p.m. or on Saturday, similar or makeup classes, examinations, or study or work requirements will be made available on other days, where possible and practical.
  • The faculty and the administration will not allow any adverse or prejudicial effects to accrue to students availing themselves of this regulation.
  • If students have complaints about the application of this policy, they are entitled to bring action or a proceeding for enforcement of their rights in the Supreme Court of Kings County