HNE-34903 Evaluation of Dietary Assessment Methods (DL)


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper
Independent study
Distance Knowledge clip
Distance group work
Distance E-learning material
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. A Geelen
dr. ir. MC Busstra
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MC Busstra
dr. ir. A Geelen
prof. dr. ir. P van 't Veer
Examiner(s)dr. ir. A Geelen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

DL course Assessment of dietary intake, DL course Advanced statistics

Continuation courses:

The DL-MSc-specializations have a fixed schedule during the pilot-phase


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual. See Academic Year.( -> Registration for Courses.
Note: The period mentioned below is the period in which this course starts. For the exact academic weeks see the courseplanning on

This course addresses methodological aspects of exposure assessment in nutrition research. Focus is on design and analysis of evaluation studies to assess measurement error in nutritional surveillance and epidemiology.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
Design an evaluation study to compare the performance of a food frequency questionnaire against one or more reference methods. Therefore, the student is expected to:
- explain the aims and principles of evaluation studies in the context of nutritional research;
- understand how errors in dietary assessment affect the interpretation of results from nutrition surveillance and nutritional epidemiology and how evaluation studies can be used to obtain estimates of potential errors;
- have basic experience in the statistical analysis of evaluation studies on dietary assessment.


- study knowledge clips/textbook;
- study interactive e-modules to process the theory and get practical experience with statistical analysis;
- write a protocol for an evaluation study (individual & peer feedback).


- final remote proctored written exam with open and closed questions (40%);
- individual assignment: protocol evaluation study (40%) & peer review (20%);
All components need a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Willett, W. (2012). Nutritional Epidemiology. Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 3rd revised ed. ISBN 13: 9780199754038.

Compulsory for: MNHNutrition and HealthMScE: Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health6DL