Study Design in Nutrition Research

Course Details

Course Number
NUTR 314
Associated Faculty

Course Description

Successful interventions, in research or for programs, rely on intentional design that begins with a hypothesis that can be developed into a conceptual model and translated into an intervention. This course describes this process, from conception, through design, to execution and implementation. Students are guided through generating hypotheses and introduced to specific principles of designing feasible studies—including intervention and observational studies—that address these hypotheses. Students will learn how having a critical understanding of research-based approaches can inform programmatic intervention and evaluation. Guest lectures will present real-world examples that illustrate this process. Students will gain experience in identifying appropriate funding sources and developing proposals that meet the interests and missions of potential funders. Students will also present their proposals, and review and critique the work of their classmates.  Enrollment limited to 12 students with priority given to NICBC degree program students.

Class meets in Jaharis 156 except on Feb 2 when class meets in Sackler 221.


NUTR 207 or NUTR 206/209 or equivalent, NUTR 204 or equivalent, and familiarity with basic methods of dietary assessment, and graduate standing or instructor consent.

Terms Offered

Semester/Term SIS Number Meeting Time Location Instructors Syllabus
Spring 2017 23721 Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm Jaharis 156 N/A
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