HNH-32806 Exposure Assessment in Nutrition and Health Research

Code last year: (HNE-32806)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work8
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. EJM Feskens
dr. JHM de Vries
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MC Busstra
dr. JHM de Vries
CWM Perenboom
KJ Borgonjen
prof. dr. ir. P van 't Veer
prof. dr. ir. EJM Feskens
MG de Rijk
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. EJM Feskens
dr. JHM de Vries

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

HNH25806 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health I and HNH-26306 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health II or HNH-24306 Methodology Nutrition Research; HNH-24806 Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health; MAT-15303 Statistics 1; MAT-15403 Statistics 2 or MAT-20306 Advanced Statistics or MAT-24306 Advanced Statistics for Nutritionists.


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with HNH-34403 Assessment of Dietary Intake (online) and/or HNH-34903 Evaluation of dietary assessment methods (online).

This course will address methodological aspects of exposure assessment in nutrition research. Focus is on:
- dietary assessment methods and in particular food frequency questionnaires;
- study 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 and develop food frequency questionnaires;
- design an evaluation study to compare the performance of a food frequency questionnaire against one or more reference methods;
- 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;
- understand the analysis of evaluation studies on dietary assessment, including the use of biomarkers in nutritional epidemiologic research.


To reach these objectives, the student will:
- prepare and follow plenary lectures and read relevant study material;
- process the theory and get practical experience by studying computer-assisted exercises (e-learning);
- apply and process all newly developed knowledge from the different parts of this course by integrating it into an overall assignment that consists of the following tasks: develop a food frequency questionnaire, and write a protocol for an evaluation study (group work).


- computer based test with open and closed questions (60%);
- group work: protocol evaluation study (40%).
Both components need a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


A course reader will be available at the WUR-shop.
Books: Willett, W. (2012). Nutritional Epidemiology. Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 3rd revised ed. ISBN 13: 9780199754038.

Restricted Optional for: MNHNutrition and HealthMScF: Food Digestion and Health5MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology5MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScB: Nutritional Physiology and Health Status5MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScD: Sensory Science5MO