Nutrition Science Journal Club

Course Details

Course Number
NUTR 240
Associated Faculty

Course Description

Students in this course will critically evaluate peer-reviewed articles through presentations and class discussion, focusing on recent findings in nutrition research. This purpose of this course is to introduce students to the current state of research in biochemical and molecular nutrition and nutrition epidemiology; expose students to principles of various research approaches (including in vitro experiments, animal models, observational studies, clinical trials) and analytical methods used in these fields of research; and provide experience in reviewing and critiquing research articles. It also provides the opportunity to practice creating scientific presentations, to gain experience in public speaking and to meet and discuss research articles with guest faculty facilitators who have expertise in the weekly topic. The latter has the added benefit of allowing students in their first and second year of the BMN and NDS programs to meet and interact with a variety of Friedman faculty. The primary format of this course will be student-selected and student-led presentations of recent publications in the nutrition science literature. The course is a two-semester sequenced course. During the year, all participating students will be required to give at least one PowerPoint presentation providing a critical assessment of a recent research article. Presentation dates are assigned at the beginning of the semester. This course will also include one introductory faculty-led lecture on: 1) Developing the skills and knowledge essential to understanding and critiquing research reports and 2) Effectively communicating the relevant supporting material, results, and conclusions of primary research reports. All BMN and NDS MS and PhD students are required to complete this two semester sequenced course for their degree and  and are encouraged to take this course within the first two years of matriculation to the Friedman School. Students in other programs are welcome to participate in this course. The grading basis for this course is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. First Class Session: TBD


Prerequisites: Graduate standing or instructor consent.

Terms Offered

Semester/Term SIS Number Meeting Time Location Instructors
Fall 2019 83266 Tuesday 3:15pm - 4:45pm HNRCA Mezzanine Conf Room Paul F. Jacques, Tammy Scott
Spring 2019 20016 Tuesday 3:15pm - 4:45pm HNRCA Mezzanine Conf Room Paul F. Jacques
Fall 2018 81409 Tuesday 3:15pm - 4:30pm HNRCA Mezz Conf Rm Paul F. Jacques, Elizabeth Johnson
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