95818 - Scientific Methodology in Human Nutrition

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to correctly read and interpret the scientific literature relating to human nutrition, with particular reference to the value of the methods applied, the applicability of the results and the methodological limits of what has been read. By extension, the student will be able to plan research activities in the same area.

Course contents

- Introduction to the methodology of research applied to nutrition sciences

- Study designs, choice of outcomes, choice of parameters to be studied

- Documents to be prepared for submitting a protocol to an ethics committee

- Basic statistical methodology: which tests to choose for which data distributions and for which outcomes

-Drafting of a study budget

- Critical reading of epidemiological literature and clinical intervention on single dietary components, foods and dietary patterns

-Critical reading of clinical trials on nutraceuticals and functional foods


Cicero AF. Trattato Italiano di Nutraceutica Clinica. Scripta Manent Ed., Milano, 2017

Colletti A, Cicero AF. Prontuario di nutraceutica ad uso umano. Scripta Manent Ed., Milano, 2021.

Ripoli A. Statistica medica facile. Alice nel paese del p-value. Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore, 2009.

Teaching methods

Frontal readings

Critical reading of scientific articles

Critical reading of statistical reports

The course is involved in the University didactic trial and the 30% of the lessons will be carried out exlcusively online. 

Assessment methods

Discussion of a research protocol and related ethical documents

Office hours

See the website of Arrigo Francesco Giuseppe Cicero