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Arnold School of Public Health

Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities

Welcome to the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities at the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. 

The Center is comprised of outstanding interdisciplinary scholars and stakeholders engaged in meaningful research and transformational activities in the field of nutrition and health disparities. Researchers at the Center work to understand how nutritional components interact with a variety of contexts, including political, physical, economic, and social structures. The Center provides a wide range of supportive services, including: pre- and post- award services, manuscript services, and research support.

Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ)

Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) methods are the mainstay of work in observational epidemiology. The Center has extensive experience in designing and testing instruments to capture specific nutrients and is able to modify them to conform to the specific needs and requirements of study populations. Methods are utilized to improve precision and accuracy in epidemiologic studies by identifying relevant biases and developing methods of control when performing statistical analyses. Theoretically, a single administration of an FFQ provides an estimate of usual, habitual intake. Administration takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and can be either a self-administered or interviewer-administered instrument.

Midlands Farms and Foods Guides


Upcoming Events

charles lectureCampus and Community Lecture
Arnold School of Public Health’s Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Office of the Dean; School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment; Sustainable Midlands; and Columbia Resilience

Charles Eisenstein
What is the New Normal?
Normal is falling apart. The environment, food system, energy, health care, money, politics, education... none of our systems are working very well any more. But endings are often also beginnings. What are these crises transitioning us into? What might the new normal look like? In this program, Charles Eisenstein describes the deep, invisible stories that underlie the crisis of our time, and the new stories upon which we are already beginning to build a different kind of civilization. A new (and ancient) consciousness is emerging, but our institutions – money, medicine, government, and more – are still grounded in the old. This program will illuminate how we can participate in a revolution in human beingness, that includes a different relationship to Earth, a different experience of self, and a different conception of life purpose than what is normal today.

Date: September 25th, 2017
Time: 4:30pm
*Immediately following will be a book-signing and reception with light refreshments

Location: Capstone Conference Room (1st Floor of Capstone House) 902 Barnwell St., Columbia, SC 29208

Parking: Visitors are welcome to park at any City of Columbia Meters along the street or USC meters in the lot next to Capstone House. In the event that metered parking is not available, visitors may also park at the nearest parking garage-Pendleton St. Parking Garage located at 1015 Pickens St., Columbia, SC 29201.

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