Module details for Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion 2


This module will cover methods use in nutritional epidemiology with its limitations and benefits. The module will provide information related to design, implementation and analysis of epidemiologic studies that address questions of dietary intake and nutritional status.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of nutritional epidemiology and its importance in the prevention of diseases.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically evaluate the different methods of assessing nutritional and physical activity and how to overcome its limitations.

2.  Explain the different study designs in nutritional epidemiology.

3.  Discuss the methods to establish link diet between chronic diseases.

4.  Appraise the importance of nutritional epidemiology in driving public health agendas.

Indicative Content

1 Nutritional and physical activity assessment methods.

(revision and limitations)

2 Nutrition epidemiology – an overview.

3 Study designs in nutritional epidemiology.

4 Biomarkers in nutritional epidemiology.

5 Methods to establish link between diet and chronic diseases.

6 Biostatistics (applied to nutritional epidemiology).

7 Significance of evaluation of nutrition in maintaining and driving public health agendas.

8 Measuring exposure and outcomes

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 34
Assessment 40
Independent 102
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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