Methodology of Nutritional Research
Reference DHBIOM00000043
Taught in Majors List Master of Biomedical Sciences
Theory (A) 25.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 40.0
Studytime (D) 210.0
Studypoints (E) 7
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through this kind of contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Jean Kaufman
Department GE01
Key Words

Nutrition research, databases, nutritional surveys, nutritional epidemiology, nutritional analyses, analysis nutritional safety, animal experiments

Position of the Course

- Analytical thinking in the field of nutrition research - Practical skills in the area of human nutrition research - Practical skills in the area of nutritional epidemiological research


Methodological aspects of nutritional epidemiology; accessible data bases on nutrition; tables with nutritional values; methodology of nutritional surveys; analysis of nutritional surveys. Use of animal experimentation in nutritional research. Methodology for assessment of microbiological food safety. Methodology for analyses of nutritional components and their interpretation; Methodology related to the toxicological aspects of nutrition

Starting Competences

Having successfully completed the courses General chemistry, Organic chemistry, General biochemistry, Biochemistry II, Physiology of the organ systems and Human pathogenesis from the bachelor program biomedical sciences, or having acquired the relevant ending objectives by other means.

Final Competences

  • Thinking analytically in the field of nutritional research.
  • Having acquired practical skills related to the methodology of research in human nutrition.
  • Having developed practical skills related to the methodology of nutritional epidemiological research.

Teaching and Learning Material

Synopsis and documentation provided by the faculty (Dutch or English)


  • Introduction to nutrition and health research. 2001 (Koh, Owens, Eds)
  • Kluwer, London, ISBN 0-7923-7983-7
  • Willett W. Nutritional Epidemiology. 1998; Oxford University Press, New York; ISBN 0-19-512297-6
  • Gibson RS. Principles of nutritional assessment 2005; Oxford University Press, New York; ISBN10: 0195171691
  • Werken ter beschikking seminarie leeszaal Endocrinologie UZ Gent 9K12 IE

Course Content-Related Study Coaching

In case of problems faculty to be contacted: phone 09 2402130

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures; Clinical practice

Evaluation Moments

Evaluation throughout semester as well as during examination period

Evaluation Methods

During examination period: oral closed-book exam
During semester: Reports of the clerkship, the observation tasks and participation in the group discussions. Second chance: Possible in adapted form
Frequency: Evaluation by the teaching practice mentor

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