Methods in Nutrition Research

Course Information

These course outlines are a guide only. They are provided for the information of prospective students. Although every effort is made to ensure the most up to date information is provided, timetables often change each semester due to the availability of rooms and resources. Content (including lecture/practical topics, assessment and textbooks) is also regularly reviewed to ensure relevance and effective learning.

Unit of Study Overview

This unit of study introduces students to both qualitative and quantitative research methods that are essential tools for dietitians. Qualitative methods include the development of questionnaires and conduct of focus groups. Students will learn how to design, validate, trial and analyse their survey instruments and run their own focus group. Students will learn about study design and methods used in epidemiology to be able to critically analyse the scientific literature of nutrition and dietetics. An introduction to statistical tests with practical computer classes will also be included.

Course Coordinator Contact Details

A/Prof Margaret Allman-Farinelli

Room: 479

Telephone: 9036 7045

E-mail: margaret.allman-farinelli@sydney.edu.au


Contact department for timetable.


Bonita R, Beaglehole R, Kjellstrom T. Basic Epidemiology. 2nd Ed. World Health Geneva:Organisation; 2005.

Lawrence M and Wolsely T (Editors). Public Health Nutrition from Principles to Practice. Allen and Uwin, 2007. ISBN: 978 174175 102 4. Chapter 14, pages 344-349.


Exam on epidemiology and statistics (60%) and one assignment (30% for questionnaire and 10% for abstract and poster)