Enhance graduate students’ understanding of the current state of biochemical and molecular nutrition (b) enhance graduate students’ understanding of the field of nutrition epidemiology and (3) provide experience in reviewing and critiquing research articles. In alternate week sessions, students will critically evaluate peer-reviewed articles for class discussion that reinforce the principles of various research approaches (including in vitro experiments, animal models, observational studies, clinical trials) and analytical methods. This course will also help students to develop their evaluative skills and presentation performance.
All BMN and NEPI MS and PhD students are encouraged to take this course within the first two years of matriculation to the Friedman School. This will be an intellectually stimulating course that will focus on recent findings in the field. In addition to the faculty advisors for this course, other faculty will be encouraged to attend to help facilitate discussions; for each session, faculty with expertise in a topic to be discussed during that class will be invited to participate. This approach also has the benefit of allowing students in their first and second year of the BMN and NEPI 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 covers two semesters, meeting every two weeks. During the year, all participating students will be required to give at least one PowerPoint presentation, and submit to the class a one-page summary that addresses the study aims, methods and results, and provides a critical assessment of the article. In order to facilitate discussion, the student leading the journal club is strongly encouraged to share discussion questions prior to the class. This will allow fellow students to prepare for the discussion. Presentation dates will be selected at the beginning of the semester. This course will also include two introductory faculty-led lectures 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. The grading basis for this course is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.