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HNSC 7244X: Nutritional Epidemiology

OER by Margrethe F. Horlyck-Romanovsky

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Weeks 1-5 topics

Topic: Syllabus Review and Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology

Syllabus Review and Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology

Topic: Nutrition Monitoring and Surveillance: Regional, Racial, Ethnic, Gender, and Income Inequalities

Topic: Introduction to Nutrition Assessment: Tried and True, and New

Topic: Dietary Measurement Issues, Validity, Bias, and Error

Due: Assignment 1 Blog

Current Population-Level Nutrition Concerns/Controversies (15%)

Students will write a 1500 word blog post/essay summarizing current concerns in nutritional epidemiology and health equity for a specific geographic area and population group. Assignments must focus on how structural, institutionalized and interpersonal racism and other types prejudice directly affect food access, food quality, dietary patterns, stress and social determinants of health. Students are expected to include images, key references, and post on the Blackboard blog for the class. Students will critique and comment on each other other’s blog posts.

Topic: Energy and Physical Activity

Weeks 6-10 topics

Topic: Food Composition / Nutrient Analysis and the Limitations of Ethnocentric Food Databases

Topic: Student presentations

Students will give presentations.

Due: Assignment 2 Epidemiological Survey

Portrait of an Epidemiological Survey (10%)

Students will create a brief portrait of a local, regional or national nutrition survey cohort study summarizing its design, cohort size, population characteristics incl. representation of racial and ethnic minorities, study duration, major findings and contributions to the field of uncovering health inequities. Short oral presentation to the class.

Topic: Student Presentations

Topic: Social Determinants of Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity

Topic: Assessing the Food Environment and its Relationship with Diet and Health

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What New York City has done to begin to address food deserts?

Listen to this PodCast

Citation: Point of Origin (2020, Nov. 25) Food Apartheid: (And Why We Don't Call it a Food Desert) (44:16) URL:
Description: Point of Origin, last episode of the season talking about justice in food systems, its absence within those systems and the circumstances that lead to lacking.

Weeks 11-15 topics

Topic: More Complex Epidemiological Methods

Topic: 21st Century Corporate Colonization and Perspectives on Nutritional Epidemiology

Topic: Nutritional Epidemiology Can Inform More Equitable and Just Nutrition, Physical Activity and Food Systems Policies

Due: Assignment 4: Story Map