HNH-33903 Assessment of Nutritional Status


Studiepunten 3.00

Knowledge clip0
Individual Paper0
Independent study0
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Course coordinator(s)ir. PJM Hulshof
Lecturer(s)ir. PJM Hulshof
dr. MR Mensink
dr. ir. NM de Roos
Examiner(s)ir. PJM Hulshof

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Assumed knowledge on:

Basic and applied Nutrition


Nutritional status is determined by a complex interaction between food intake and the use of nutrients by the body on the one hand, and susceptibility (either inborn or acquired) on the other hand. Both food intake and acquired susceptibility are influenced by lifestyle factors, socioeconomic and cultural circumstances.  Nutritional assessment is the interpretation of information of anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, dietary, and exercise data to determine nutritional status (from under- to over nutrition) in subjects and populations. To make a proper assessment of nutritional status you need to understand how this can be determined. Therefore, this course focuses on methodology that is used to obtain anthropometric and body composition data, energy expenditure & physical activity data, and information on biomarkers of status and intake. The choice and application of assessment methods, and their advantages and disadvantages when studying a certain research question is addressed during this course. Assessment and evaluation of dietary intake methods is discussed in separate courses in this study program.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand how accuracy and precision of methods determine the choice of methods for individual or group assessment;
- understand what intake/status biomarkers are, how they are applied, and errors related to the collection and analysis of biomarkers;
- understand methods that are applied in nutrition intervention or observational studies to assess body composition, energy expenditure, or physical activity;
- interpret and discuss methods that can be used to measure body composition, energy expenditure, or physical activity in a given situation.


Studying clips, studying literature, individual assignments with peer-review.


Examination will be an online multiple choice exam covering the learning aims of the course. The final mark is made by the exam (75%) and by the personal portfolio (25%).


- Selected chapters from : Willett W. Nutritional Epidemiology, 3nd edition. Oxford Un. Press, 2013.
- Gibson RS. Principles of Nutritional Assessment. Chapter 1: Introduction. Second edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2005; except par 1.4.9-1.4.15.

Verplicht voor: MNHDLNutritional Epidemiology and Public HealthMSc5DL
Keuze voor: WUQFSBSc Minor Quantified Self5DL