NSCPHD1087  Journal Club: Global nutrition and health

Volume 2015/2016


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Background: A tailor-made, journal club-based course for PhD-students working in or with the Research Group for International Nutrition and Health, including double-degree students, as these students are spending considerable time in Africa and Asia. Hence, the exact time and place depends on availability of students and teachers. For example, a series of journal clubs may be held at collaborating institutions abroad when an Associate Professor or Professor from the group is on supervisory visit, or when several students are in Denmark for course-work and write-up.

Schedule and duration: A student should participate in ten journal clubs of two hours each, and be responsible for and write a review of at least two.


General course objectives:

  • To enable the student to critically review scientific papers in this field
  • To enable the students to define, understand and use epidemiological terms and concepts
  • To enable the student to evaluate the nutritional methods used
  • To enable the students to engage in scientific discussions.
Learning Outcome

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

  • Critically review a scientific paper and evaluate strength and weaknesses, in relation to study design, validity, such as bias and confounding, and generalizability
  • Evaluate the use of measures of dietary intake and nutritional status
  • Discuss the importance of the research for clinical practice and public health
Each journal club will be based on one or two scientific papers in relation to international nutrition and health. The PhD-student responsible will start with a brief presentation of objectives, design, methods, including exposures and outcomes, and results, before others join the discussion. Afterwards, the PhD-student will write a peer review of the paper, which as to be approved by the teacher.
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Evaluation of presentations and written reviews.
Marking scale
passed/not passed
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 40
  • Exercises
  • 40
  • Total
  • 80