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Pitfalls and methodological considerations in nutritional epidemiology
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3640-22-00-00There are 16 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 06/08/2022
Date and time05.09.2022, at: 09:00 - 09.09.2022, at: 16:15
Regular seats20
Course fee7,800.00 kr.
LecturersBerit Lilienthal Heitmann
ECTS credits3.80
Contact personFanney Þorsteinsdóttir    E-mail address: nrg761@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD Students from NorDoc member universities. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from NorDoc member universities. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. understand diet reporting bias and consequences

2. understand methodological considerations related to measurement error, energy adjustment, nutrient substitution, and protein leverage

3. understand the principles and use of Mendelian randomization

4. understand methodological issues related to energy balance

5. apply directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) and graphical causal model theory


The aim of the course is to provide PhD.-students with basic knowledge in the epidemiology of human nutrition with an introduction to more advanced methodologies within nutritional epidemiology; Correlated data, adjustment for total energy, correction for measurement error, bias, evaluation of diet intake and energy balance, biomarkers, molecular nutrition and diet and health.


PhD students with basic knowledge in epidemiology and nutrition

Relevance to graduate programmes

The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

- Public Health and Epidemiology

- Biostatistics and Bioinformatics




Lectures, group work, discussions, exercises.

Course director

Berit L. Heitmann, Professor, PhD, berit.lilienthal.heitmann@regionh.dk


George TH Ellison, PhD DSc, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Leeds, UK. “Analyzing the relationship between early life nutrition and lifestyle and health in later life: identifying and adjusting for potential confounders”

James Stubbs, Prof, School of psychology, University of Leeds, UK
“Problems, pitfalls and possible solutions to diet mis-reporting in nutritional epidemiology” and “Energy balance calculations and equations”

Berit L. Heitmann Prof., Institute of Public health, The section for general Practice, Copenhagen University, and Research Unit for Dietary Studies at the Parker Institute, Frederiksberg Hospital. “Reporting bias and consequences”


05 – 09 September 2022

Course location

Research Unit for Dietary Studies, The Parker Institute
Frederiksberg Hospital
Nordre Fasanvej 57, Vej 8, Indgang 19
2000 Frederiksberg


Please register before 6 August 2022

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules. Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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