Research Methods in Nutrition

Undergraduate course

Course description

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

After finishing the course, the students will have the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge: The student..

  • is capable of explaining basic elements of research ethics
  • is capable of describing and evaluating the most important epidemiological research methods
  • is capable of describing and evaluating the most important methods for dietary intake and nutritional status
  • is capable of giving an overview of experimental and clinical research methods in the field of nutrition
  • is 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

Skills: The student..

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

Competence: The student..

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

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Completion of the four first semesters of Bachelor programme in nutrition.
Access to the Course
Admission to the bachelor's programme in human nutrition
Teaching and learning methods
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
The Department strives at continually improving their study programmes and welcome the feedback of students in the form of organized student evaluations. The evaluation results will be used to revise the study programmes, curriculum and teaching methods.
Examination Support Material

Simple, bilingual dictionary, that must be reviewable, meaning that one of the languages must be English, or a Scandinavian language.

Simple calculator, model is subject to limitations determined by UiB.

Department of Clinical Medicine