Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition

Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
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Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition

Nutritional Impact on the Immune System and Related Diseases

This special topics course will review the impact of various nutrients (in both deficient and supplemental states) on maintaining the homeostasis of the immune system during physiological and pathological states as well as during different developmental stages of life. The implications for disease development and/or prevention will be discussed. Special emphasis will be given to understanding the mechanism of nutrients' effect on the immune system at biochemical, molecular and cellular levels.

Nutrition Data Analysis

This course will cover knowledge of advanced Stata statistical computing, data base construction, error detection and correction, creation of composite variables, descriptive statistics, univariate analyses, regression analysis of continuous, binary and categorical outcomes, ANOVA & ANCOVA, analysis of clustered data including cluster randomized trials, panel data analysis & introduction to multilevel modeling, factor analysis; and the construction of scales and factor scores.

Statistical Methods for Nutrition Research II

Part two of a one-year, two-semester course covering descriptive statistics, graphical displays, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t test, chi-square test, nonparametric tests, multiple linear regression, multiple logistic regression, experimental design, multi-factor and multiple comparisons procedures. Students will make extensive use of SAS for Windows.

NOTE: Students cannot receive credit for both NUTR 309 and NUTR 307.

Nutrition in the Life Cycle

This course covers nutrition issues from preconception throughout life, with a particular emphasis on nutrition correlates of normal growth and development and on the consequences of under and over nutrition. It briefly considers the role of nutrition in the context of the normal physiologic changes that occur with aging. This is a 1/2 credit course and meets during the first half of the semester beginning January 23 until March 6.

Nutrition Science Journal Club

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.

Practicum in Bioresearch Techniques

Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition students must enroll in one practicum in bioresearch techniques. Students who anticipate a career in basic nutritional sciences require extensive laboratory training. Practicums in bioresearch techniques, established as a single, 1.0 credit course, will provide students with an understanding of critical experimental evaluation as well as hands-on experience in essential techniques of modern biology. In the practicum, students will answer a specific biologic question through experimentation.

Statistical Methods for Health Care Professionals

In this course students critically evaluate, compare, interpret, judge, summarize and explain statistical results published in research articles in health and nutrition journals that are influencing nutrition science, research, policy, and clinical practice. Students will also develop an intermediate level ability to analyzing research data with Stata statistical software. 

First class session:  February 1, 2017; class will meet in Sackler 854 except on April 12 when class will meet in Sackler B09.

Theories of Behavior Change and their Application in Nutrition and Public Health Interventions

What motivates people to adopt healthier food and lifestyle choices? This course will explore various theoretical perspectives on nutrition and health-related behavior change. It will include an examination of several individual-based, social-based, organization-based an eco-social theories, including the Health Belief Model, the Theory of Planned Behavior, the Transtheoretical Model, Decision-Making, Social Support, Social Learning Theory, and Diffusion of Innovations.

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