Adjunct Faculty - Nutritional Epidemiology


  • Salary Range: Approx. $1040 per credit
  • Department: School of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
  • Closing Date: Open until filled


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NUNM’s School of Undergraduate Studies is seeking an adjunct academic faculty member to develop and teach the Nutritional Epidemiology course.

Adjunct faculty members perform instructional duties and responsibilities in accordance with the philosophy, mission, policies, and procedures of the University and appropriate to the individual assignment. The relationship of the faculty member to the student is one of teacher, mentor and facilitator of learning.

Course NameNutritional Epidemiology

Term: Spring 2021 (Course is held 4/5/2021-6/26/2021; 11 weeks of class, 1 week grading)

Course Credits: 4


NOTE: This is a face-to-face course that will be taught remotely, in an asynchronous fashion for Spring 2021 due to COVID 19

This course is designed for students who are interested in conducting or better interpreting epidemiological studies relating diet and nutritional status to disease and health. This course will examine methodologies used in nutritional epidemiological studies, and to review the current state of knowledge regarding diet and other nutritional indicators as etiologic factors in disease.

Outcomes. At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe how epidemiology, and all of public health, involves multiple fields of study and areas of expertise;
  • Use proportions and rates to numerically express the amount of disease in specific populations;
  • Explore how the level of disease in specific populations can help an epidemiologist answer questions and generate future hypotheses that clarify how an exposure can cause a specific disease;
  • Explain how to use data to make a judgment about whether an association is causal using the principles of causation and epidemiologic methods;
  • Distinguish between evaluating foods vs. nutrients and when each might be utilized in epidemiological studies;
  • Explain methods for assessing dietary intake and select the most appropriate method for a given research question, epidemiologic study design, and study population;
  • Explain possible sources of bias and confounding and describe methods for minimizing or adjusting for them with respect to nutritional epidemiology;
  • Critique nutritional epidemiology related publications (e.g. peer reviewed journal articles, government documents, industry documents, and media reports).


Applicants must have education, experience, skill and knowledge in the area they will be teaching. Master’s degree required, doctoral degree preferred.