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Nicolino Rizzo, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor, Basic Sciences
School of Medicine
Other LLU Classes Outside Of Schedule 
9/2010 - Present


Administrative Teaching Roles
1/2015 - 4/2015 Public Health Nutrition - NUTR509

The course in Public Health Biology and Nutrition covers general and more specific material on molecular and nutritional concepts that have applications to Public Health. Topics include genetics, nutrigenomics, epigenetics, nutrition during the life cycle and other important areas such as physical activity and ecology that are of high interest for public health professionals. As an important part in public health education, emphasis will be given to chronic diseases, their etiology and relationship to nutrition and other relevant lifestyle factors. An integral part of the course is to encourage students to use scientifically sound methods in research. At the end of the course students should have a broader knowledge of Public Health Biology and Nutrition and how molecular as well as ecological factors may have an impact on health and disease.

3/2012 - 12/2015 Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology - NUTR 543
This graduate 3-unit course is designed to familiarize students with the growing field of nutritional epidemiology. It will give instruction on how to conduct research that relates to diet with health and disease and which methodological issues are of importance in dietary assessment for clinical/metabolic and epidemiological research. Topics include: variation in diet, measurement error and correction for its effects, advantages and limitations of different diet-assessment techniques, design and development of a food-frequency instrument, and total energy-intake analyses. After completion of this course students should be able to:

1. Know the nature and the implications of the variation in diet of most western societies.

2. Have an understanding of the methodological issues related to nutritional assessment in clinical and epidemiological research and practice.

3. Describe the advantages, limitations and principal applications of different dietary assessment techniques.

4. Know how to design and validate a food frequency questionnaire.

5. Have an understanding of nutritional research design including problems in data collection, analyses and interpretation.

6. Critically evaluate the current literature relating diet to health/disease outcomes.