Courses Details

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