Courses Taught by Suzanna Zick

NUTR657: Nutrition, the Environment, and Cancer

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Zick, Suzanna; Colacino, Justin;
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 502 or 522 or equivalent; EPID 503 or equivalent; and PHYSIO 502 or equivalent
  • Description: A large amount of research indicates that dietary and environmental factors impact the development and recurrence of various types of cancer. This course will survey both classic and emerging literature relevant to this topic in a structured discussion and journal club format.
  • Course Goals: The course will provide students with an opportunity to critically examine and discuss methodological issues around study design and analysis, to understand key concepts of, and to explore the biological mechanisms underlying the associations between diet, the environment, and cancer.,The course will provide students with an opportunity to critically examine and discuss methodological issues around study design and analysis, to understand key concepts of, and to explore the biological mechanisms underlying the associations between diet, the environment, and cancer.
  • Competencies: 1.) Identify sources of bias in nutrition and cancer research and anticipate their potential effects on estimates of association 2.) Weight evidence of the relationship between diet and cancer according to the relative methodological strength of scientific reports 3.) Understand the effects of timing, frequency, duration, and magnitude of exposure to nutrients and environmental exposures on the development of cancer. 4.) Link indicators used in epidemiological and clinical studies with the underlying biological processes they intend to measure. 5.) Integrate evidence from different sources into conceptual frames on nutrition, the environment, and cancer topics. 6.) Understand different strategies for analysis of epidemiological and clinical data in nutrition, the environment, and cancer research. 7.) Envision potential "next steps" to follow (what should be the next study) to build a complete conceptual frame on given cancer and nutrition or cancer and the environment topics.,1.) Identify sources of bias in nutrition and cancer research and anticipate their potential effects on estimates of association 2.) Weight evidence of the relationship between diet and cancer according to the relative methodological strength of scientific reports 3.) Understand the effects of timing, frequency, duration, and magnitude of exposure to nutrients and environmental exposures on the development of cancer. 4.) Link indicators used in epidemiological and clinical studies with the underlying biological processes they intend to measure. 5.) Integrate evidence from different sources into conceptual frames on nutrition, the environment, and cancer topics. 6.) Understand different strategies for analysis of epidemiological and clinical data in nutrition, the environment, and cancer research. 7.) Envision potential "next steps" to follow (what should be the next study) to build a complete conceptual frame on given cancer and nutrition or cancer and the environment topics.