Class Dates
01/16/2024 to 05/03/2024
Delivered By
Online Asynchronous
Mark Haub
Meeting Times
Meets by Appt
Meeting Location
Distance Education

Research Methods and Scientific Communication in Health Sciences

FNDH 575 - Class Number: 14229


Students in this undergraduate course will examine the role and importance of the scientific method in health professions, with focus on nutrition and sports medicine. The course will outline the research methods used to acquire knowledge in health-related professions. The rationale and role of evidence-based practice and research will be explored, and students will be introduced to research language and core concepts. Skills will be developed for asking clinical or professional questions, and how to translate these questions into search strategies for finding evidence. The purpose of this course is to provide initial instruction on how to locate, understand, and evaluate the research literature in the student’s area of interest. As a broad survey course, the expectation is not mastery of research methodology, but rather improvement in competencies related to the critical consumption of research literature. Students will be introduced to quantitative and qualitative research methods, types of data, how data are described and how biostatistics are used to provide meaning to research data. A range of health research methods will be covered, and studies about treatment effectiveness (clinical trials and systematic reviews), as well as qualitative approaches will be explored. Students will be introduced to research tools and search engines that support conducting a literature review.

  • Advisor permission required. Enrollment restricted to students in the online Nutrition & Health and Dietetics programs. On-campus students should contact their advisor for seat availability beginning December 1, 2023.


  • Instructor Mark Haub's permission is always required.

Student Requirements:

  • Internet access


  • Junior Standing

Enrollment Dates
10/23/2023 to 01/16/2024
Enrollment Limit

Credit/Tuition Options

Credit Option Hours

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