Assessment of Dietary Intake for Individuals


Diet is one of the most important and modifiable lifestyle determinants of human health. Both undernutrition and over nutrition play a major role in morbidity and mortality, and therefore assessment of nutritional status is a cornerstone of efforts to improve the health of individuals and populations throughout the world. Dietary assessment is one of the specialised interests of nutritionists and a component of establishing the nutritional status of individuals and populations. Dietary assessment methods are used in clinical assessment, surveillance of populations, nutritional epidemiology and experimental research. Evidence found in assessment can be used for clinical advice and if accumulated, particularly over long periods of time, can be used as a basis for public health with a particular focus on the prevention of nutrition related diseases.

An important point to consider is that for a long time there has been a conflict between the need for accuracy of dietary assessment which enables us to establish where an individual lies within the overall distribution of food and nutrients verses the logistics of doing so. This becomes especially important when dealing with large populations which are often required for epidemiological studies or when moving beyond focusing on the individual to looking at a community or group of people.

Level of Course

This course introduces you to the basics of dietary assessment, applying correct methods, overcoming measurement error and learning new techniques.

This course is aimed at undergraduate and post graduate nutritional scientists as an additional support to their Public Health curriculum and for those working in the field of healthcare, health professionals, NGOs, Government and Community Workers as CPD. Whilst no prerequisites are required a basic understanding of nutrition is useful.

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the basics of Dietary Assessment Methods. Through the use of presentations, online articles, videos and continuous assessments e-learners will be introduced to the practical application of dietary assessment for individuals in the community. This course aims to develop ethical and professional values and inspire a genuine engagement in the practical application of Dietary Assessment in a community setting. International applicability is an in-built feature of the course.

Your Instructor

Professor Basma Ellahi
Professor Basma Ellahi

Basma Ellahi is Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester. Having spent nine years in senior management roles, developing and leading initiatives in nutrition and health subjects Basma now focusses on research development, both nationally and internationally, in the Public Health Nutrition Research Group she directs and which employs a number of researchers on various grants. Her current research areas include diabetes management, older persons and malnutrition, portion size control in south Asians.

Basma is a Registered Nutritionist, African Nutrition Society member, Trustee of the Nutrition Society (UK and Ireland), an elected member of AfN Council and Course Accreditation Committee as well as a registration portfolio assessor. She is the PI for the Malnutrition project.

Course Curriculum

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