Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), comprising mainly of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), cancers and diabetes, are the leading causes of death globally. To a large extent, NCDs are caused by lifestyle factors including unhealthy dietary intake, lack of physical activity and sedentary behaviours. Appropriate measures and methods are required to study relations of such lifestyle behaviours and NCDs. This includes the use of valid tools and methods to measure dietary intake and physical activity, and suitable study designs and analytical techniques to analyse the data.
This three-day course focuses especially on the lifestyle factors: diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviours.Course days will consist of plenary, interactive lectures, and workgroups focused on data processing and interpretation in alternation.Day 1: Introduction, definitions, epidemiology of nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. measurement tools for dietary intake and physical activity part I (including gaining hands-on experience with collecting data)Day 2: Measurement tools part II, data handling, statistical analysis part IDay 3: Statistical analysis part II, determinants of lifestyle behaviours, discussion, assessment instructions.
If a course is [Full], you can still register, but you will be placed on a waiting list. We will contact you as soon as a place becomes available. At that time you can still decide whether you want to participate in the course.
The primary aim of the course is to translate up-to-date knowledge and skills on the measurement and epidemiology of dietary behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. This includes definitions, tools and methods to assess and handle data, conceptual frameworks and epidemiology of these lifestyle behaviours in relation to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Methods to assess dietary intake include questionnaires, biomarkers and digital food records and those for physical activity and sedentary behaviour include self-reported methods and objective measurement techniques. The relations between individual-level and environmental level determinants of lifestyle behaviours and health outcomes, such as CVD, obesity and diabetes will be discussed.
The course comprises of lectures, debate sessions and practicals. Lecturers will introduce the topics and provide the state of current knowledge. In practical afternoon sessions, students will work in small groups in a variety of forms, including group work, discussions and data interpretation and calculation.
The following topics will be covered:
The course is meant for researchers working in academia, governmental institutions or industry who want to learn how the lifestyle factors ‘physical activity, sedentary behaviour and dietary intake’ influence non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers and type II diabetes. The course will not focus on other lifestyle factors such as tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, substance abuse, sleep pattern, among others.
Attendants are expected to have at least basic knowledge of epidemiological and statistical methods (i.e., study designs and analysis techniques).
The course materials (lectures, assignments, feedback of the assignments etc) are available on Canvas, our digital learning environment. The documents will remain available on Canvas for at least one year.
To be able to do the computer practicals of this course you will need SPSS on your laptop; if you don’t have SPSS on your laptop, you can purchase SPSS through Surfspot at a very reasonable price. If you do not want to purchase SPSS, you can use the trial version that IBM makes available. See SPSS Software | IBM
The final assessment is facultative and will consist of a written exam. The costs are euro 150, – per examination or re-examination.
You can register for the exam via the website: Exams. Registration will close 3 weeks prior to the exam.
Please note that you need to pass the exam in order to receive credits (EC).
A certificate of participation will be granted to all students who have attended at least 80% of the classes. Only contact hours are stated on this certificate.
Only for Dutch medical specialists!
If you wish to be considered for accreditation points by the KNMG , you must sign the attendance list on the last day of the course.
To qualify for the accreditation points, you must have been present the whole course.
Professor in Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Disease Epidemiology, Amsterdam UMC
Epidemiology and Data Science, Amsterdam UMC