HNH-35903 Integration of Evidence II


Studiepunten 3.00

Knowledge clip0
Individual Paper0
Independent study0
Distance group work0
E-learning material0
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. EJM Feskens
prof. dr. ir. P van 't Veer
S Biesbroek
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. P van 't Veer
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. P van 't Veer

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Assumed knowledge on:

The following courses of the online master 'Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health' are assumed knowledge: HNH-30403, HNH-30903, HNH-31403, HNH-31903, HNH-32403, HNH-32903, HNH-33903, HNH-34403, HNH-34903.
Because in these courses materials are collected that together form the basis for the position paper that will be written in this course.


Evaluating and integrating evidence from various studies is an essential skill because as a scientist you often will be confronted with inconsistent research results while still you or others need to take policy or public health decisions for example with respect to dietary guidelines. To become able to integrate evidence over several individual studies, a throughout understanding of the methodology of meta-analysis and systematic literature reviews, is essential.

In this course you will use your knowledge on nutrition, epidemiology and public health to evaluate the body of evidence for intake recommendations and develop a well-founded advice with respect to policies/programs that aim to improve nutrient intake and status. For this you will not only rely on well-known and long-used conceptual frameworks and guidelines for causal inference like the evidence pyramid and Hills criteria, but you will also explore newer approaches that better fit the increasingly complex public health challenges of our globalized world.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- evaluate the body of evidence available for intake recommendations (NIVs: ANR, INLx, UNL) for a specific nutrient and target group, and evaluate the distribution of nutrient intake of populations against NIVs;
- judge the strength of scientific evidence for the NIVs using conceptual frameworks like DISH, evidence pyramid, Hill criteria;
- suggest opportunities for further research;
- develop a well-founded advice to an appropriate organization and suggest opportunities for policy development with respect to improvement of nutrient intake and status;
- conduct basic meta-analysis in R.


E-modules, knowledge clips, online group discussion, individual paper.


- individual Position paper (40%) + peer review (small portfolio) (20%);
- remote proctored exam: meta-analysis (40%);
All components need a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Webb & Bain, Essential Epidemiology, 2nd or 3rd ed, Ch 11

Verplicht voor: MNHDLNutritional Epidemiology and Public HealthMSc3DL