Description: This course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles and methods to assess human physical growth and maturational tempo from conception through adolescence and among women of reproductive age. The selection, measurement, and interpretation of anthropometric indicators of growth and maturational tempo are discussed in detail. Public health applications are considered, including the use and limitations of reference growth curves; population trends in obesity, maturation, and stature; growth monitoring in the U.S. and in international public health settings and environmental influences on physical growth and maturation. Students will gain technical expertise in basic analysis and interpretation of growth data from population studies.
Course Goals: Gain knowledge of principles and methodological skills to assess human physical growth and maturation in key lifecycle periods relevant to public health research and practice in international and US settings,with emphasis
on environmental health sciences and human nutrition.
Competencies: Understand characteristics of reference growth curves in US and international settings that affect interpretation of physical growth patterns and status in individuals and populations
Understand indicators of physical growth and maturation in different lifecycle periods from conception to early adulthood/reproductive age
Analyze and interpret physical growth measures in infants, children and adults in univariate and multivariable models
Critically review literature on physical growth and maturation
Apply methods to assess growth and maturation for a selected public health research or program setting
Learning Objectives: Characteristics of reference growth curves
Interpretation of individual and population physical growth measures and indicators
Selection and use of indicators of physical growth and maturational tempo across key lifecycle periods
Determinants and sequelae of physical growth and maturation in key periods
Analysis and interpretation growth data
Interpret & critique literature on growth methods and applied research
Application of indicators of growth and maturation in public health settings
Application and interpretation of physical growth and maturation in environmental health sciences
Integrate methods and apply to one lifecycle period
Prerequisites: Doctoral, MPH and MS student with demonstrated interest in Nutritional Sciences research (with permission),Doctoral, MPH and MS student with demonstrated interest in Nutritional Sciences research (with permission)
Description: The course will include:
-integrative discussions of dissertation research projects
-presentations of research findings
-in-depth literature reviews and critiques
-manuscript reviews in Nutritional Sciences
Course Goals: Using the techniques that are discussed in the course description and with assistance from the assigned faculty mentor.
Competencies: Critical analysis of relevant literature.Practice and refine oral speaking while disseminating scientific information related to research interests in Nutritional Sciences.