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Undergraduate course

Research Methods in Nutrition

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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course provides an introduction to methods for assessing dietary intake, and methods used in experimental, clinical and epidemiological nutrition research.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the students are expected to have:


  • capable of explaining basic elements of research ethics
  • capable of describing and evaluating the most important epidemiological research methods
  • capable of describing and evaluating the most important methods for dietary intake and nutritional status
  • capable of giving an overview of experimental and clinical research methods in the field of nutrition
  • capable of describing how dietary surveys are conducted at the population level and how the results can be used, with the focus on surveys in Norway


  • capable of conducting elementary statistical analyses of dietary intake data
  • capable of measuring nutritional status using anthropometry


  • the ability to write a scientific report
  • the ability to read and evaluate scientific literature independently

Required Previous Knowledge

Completion of courses in Methods of Analysis in Nutrition, Food Knowledge and Macro- and Micro Nutrients. NUTR120, NUTR150, and NUTR207 or equivalent.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

About 36 hours of lectures, a 4-hour seminar on critical reading, one-day datalab

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours

Grading Scale

Grading: A-F

Course Evaluation

There will be a written evaluation at the end of the course.


Department of Clinical Medicine



studie-nutrition@uib.no/ (+47) 55 58 54 44 / (+47) 55 58 61 46

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