HNE-32306 Clinical Nutrition Research


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work8
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. NM de Roos
Lecturer(s)dr. JHM de Vries
dr. ir. NM de Roos
dr. K van Norren
Examiner(s)dr. JHM de Vries

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

HNE-25806 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health I and HNE-26306 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health II or HNE-24306 Methodology Nutrition Research.

Continuation courses:

Thesis or internship.


The aim of this course is to increase the knowledge and insight of students into clinical nutrition and clinical research. The topics in this course are directly chosen in relation to the workfield of the clinical nutritionist. Important topics include: the specific demands and problems which occur in the design and the performance of studies in the clinical setting, the development of evidence-based treatments (treatment of patients which is supported by scientific evidence), the development of disease-specific nutrition and feeding, and advances in malnutrition, nutritional assessment, and other related topics. The working area of a clinical nutritionist might be the clinical industry or (academic) medical centers.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to:
- understand the background and objectives of clinical nutrition;
- be able to evaluate nutritional status by screening tools and clinical biochemical parameters;
- be able to evaluate the determinants which affect nutritional assessment in the clinic and which may lead to undernutrition or malnutrition;
- understand the demands of disease specific feeding, including parenteral and enteral feeding;
- be able to apply the phases that lead to evidence based guidelines;
- be able to evaluate an evidence based guideline;
- be able to evaluate the problems that occur in the design and performance of clinical studies;
- be able to evaluate the design and performance of a clinical study;
- be able to create a research proposal for a clinical study.


- contact with supervisors 3-4 afternoons per week;
- attending lectures;
- working on dietary guidelines;
- participating in working groups;
- writing a protocol;
- giving presentations.


This course does not have an exam. The assessment consists of:
- report of the protocol writing per group (50%);
- presentation and written critical comments on selected research papers per student (50%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


A course reader will be available at WUR-shop Forum.
Book: Greenhalgh T. How to read a paper.

Restricted Optional for: MNHNutrition and HealthMScB: Nutritional Physiology and Health Status5AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScF: Food Digestion and Health5AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Epidemiology and Public Health5AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScC: Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology5AF