Nutritional Assessment


a) To provide expertise to assess the nutritional status of individuals and populations;

b) To develop planning capabilities, implementation and evaluation of nutritional assessment programs;

c) Develop technical skills in the application of methods to assess food intake, anthropometric and implementing change screening tools of nutritional status;

d) To develop analytical skills and interpretation of date obtained by the methodologies and identification of intervention solutions.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Júlio César Leite da Fonseca Rocha


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· Gibson RS. Principles of Nutritional Assessment. 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press. New York 2005.

· Wallach J. Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests. 8th Edition.

· Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia 2007.

· Heymsfield SB, Lohman TG, Wang Z, Going SB. Human Body Composition. 2nd Edition.

· Human Kinetics Books. Champaign 2005.

· Frisancho A. Roberto; Anthropometric standards. ISBN: 978-0-472-11591-4

· Heymsfield Steven B. 340; Human body composition. ISBN: 0-7360-4655-0

· Arthur D. Stewart 070; International standards for anthropometric assessment.

· Lee Robert D.; Nutritional assessment. ISBN: 978-007-132636-0

· European Food Safety Authority; Gerneral principles for the collection of national food consumption data in the view of a pan-European dietary survey. EFSA Journal 2009; 7(12):1435., 2009

· Nancy Munoz and Melissa Bernstein. Nutrition Assessment: Clinical and Research Applications. 1st Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning (2018). ISBN-10: 1284127664

Teaching method

The course is organized in lectures and practical classes: 1 weekly lecture for all students with a duration of 50 min each; 1 practical class per week of 2 hrs, in classes with a maximum of 15 students.

Evaluation method

The evaluation has a practical component and a final exam. The assessment of the practicals is continuous, corresponds to 20% of the final grade, and considers the following criteria: performance and attendance of students; anthropometry training; presentation and discussion of clinical cases; attitude and knowledge demonstrated by the students; and one practical test. The final exam is 80% of the final grade and is covers all the theoretical and practical topics taught. The presence in the examination is conditional to attendance to at least 2/3 of the practical classes and a practical grade of at least 9.5.

Subject matter

1. Basic Concepts in Nutritional Assessment
2. Diagnosis of malnutrition - screening and nutritional assessment
3. Epidemiology of malnutrition
4. Physical Exam: Nutritional Semiology
5. Subjective Global Assessment
6. Biochemistry Evaluation
7. Assessment of Food Intake - National Level, Family Level, Individual Level
8. Assessment of Body Composition
8.1. Anthropometry
8.2. Evaluation and estimation: Weight, Height, Circumferences, Skin folds
8.3. Growth charts and cutoff points
8.4. Theory and Methods of Body Composition


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