Courses Taught by Karen Peterson

NUTR677: Physical Growth and Maturation

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Peterson, Karen
  • Prerequisites: BIOS 513 or BIOS 523
  • 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

NUTR796: Special Topics in Nutritional Sciences


NUTR869: Innovations in Nutrition Research

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Perng, Wei; Peterson, Karen; Staff;
  • 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.

PUBHLTH511: Nutrition and Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Peterson, Karen; Leung, Cindy;
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH and SPH MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • Description: Introduce MPH students to important topics in nutrition and public health, program planning and program evaluation. PUBHLTH511 is an introductory course to nutrition research and will cover topics, such as healthful diet patterns, methods of dietary assessment, nutritional epidemiology, nutrition through the life cycle, and nutritional needs of diverse populations. This course will have a hybrid style (online & in-class) of instruction.
  • Course Goals: ? Students should be able to apply nutrition indicators for different public health purposes, including: estimating prevalence, monitoring and surveillance, and investigating diet and disease relationships, identifying atrisk individuals and groups, and evaluating programs. ? Students should be able to apply public health conceptual frameworks and nutrition research evidence to inform public health actions. ? Students should be able to use evidence-based knowledge to develop nutrition programs and interventions for diverse populations. ? Students should be able to develop appropriate designs to rigorously monitor and evaluate nutrition programs and policies in diverse contexts.
  • Competencies: Students will learn to assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health; apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs; design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention, and select methods to evaluate public health programs.
  • Learning Objectives: Students will be able to: 1) apply nutrition indicators for different public health purposes, including: estimating prevalence, monitoring and surveillance, and investigating diet and disease relationships, identifying at-risk individuals and groups, and evaluating programs; 2) apply public health conceptual frameworks and nutrition research evidence to inform public health actions; 3) use evidence-based knowledge to develop nutrition programs and interventions for diverse populations; and 4) develop appropriate designs to rigorously monitor and evaluate nutrition programs and policies in diverse contexts.