Food Policy and Disparities

Food Policy and Disparities

Should foods considered "unhealthy" be taxed in order to subsidize the purchase of healthy foods? Are setting new dietary guidelines enough to help the public make healthier choices? How can we prevent food deserts and give more people access to healthy foods?

Friedman School graduates possess the skills and passion to make a real impact on food and nutrition policies both in the United States and around the world. Preparing students for careers in government, research, industry, and NGOs becomes all the more urgent as populations who need the most help are at highest risk for developing chronic disease.


Featured Course: Health Claims and the Food Industry

“We were helping a real company with a real task,” says Marissa Donovan, RD, N16, a student in James Tillotson’s popular Health Claims & the Food Industry course this past spring.

Parke Wilde

Parke Wilde is an associate professor at the Friedman School. His general research focus is on U.S. food and nutrition policy; consumer economics and federal food assistance programs. Current and past research includes a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Healthy Incentive Pilot (HIP); the geography of local food retail, federal commodity checkoff programs, and food and beverage marketing to children. You can read more about his work at his blog, U.S. Food Policy.

Beatrice Lorge Rogers

Bea Rogers is Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program, which draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of the School, and focuses on the economic, political, and social science dimensions of global nutrition challenges.

Global Nutrition and Policy Consortium

Research Project/Initiative/Internship | Topics: Food Policy and Disparities, Global Nutrition | Programs: Nutritional Epidemiology

The Global Nutrition and Policy Consortium is an initiative based at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy that involves collaborating public health and nutrition experts worldwide. Our research will provide innovative and highly relevant findings on dietary intakes, diseases, and policies that will inform priorities for prevention strategies to improve the diets and health outcomes of people around the world.

ChildObesity 180

Current childhood obesity statistics are dramatic and worrisome. Today's children may live shorter lives than their parents – a first in this nation’s history. Over the past 40 years, rates of obesity have doubled in 2- to 5-year-olds, quadrupled in 6- to 11-year-olds, and tripled in 12- to 19-year-olds. The causes of obesity are complex and interconnected. The environment created by culture, societal norms, community assets, and practices within the home all influence a child’s ability to make healthy choices and, ultimately, affect his or her weight status.

Eileen Kennedy

Eileen Kennedy is a former dean of the Friedman School. Currently a professor at the school, Kennedy's research interests include assessing the health, nutrition, diet and food security impacts of policies and programs; nutrient density and diet diversity; and agriculture nutrition linkages. She is a member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the UN Committee on World Food Security.

Sara C. Folta

Sara Folta's research interests focus on public health nutrition, or the utilization of community-based strategies for improving dietary intake, physical activity, and body composition. She has particular expertise in behavioral psychology, communications, and qualitative methods. A major line of Folta's research involves community-based interventions to improve heart health among women. A second area of research includes behavioral strategies to improve health and well-being among older adults, particularly through the development of physical activity interventions.

Robert F. Houser

Robert Francis Houser is a quantitative psychologist with backgrounds in behavioral psychology, social psychology, behavior modification, educational psychology, and quantitative research methods.  He is an assistant professor and statistical programmer/analyst at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy where he teaches several statistics and research methodology courses.

Jennifer Sacheck

Jennifer Sacheck's research interests lie at the intersection of nutrition, physical activity, and health promotion. She was initially drawn to this field through her early studies in muscle physiology and more recently through obesity and chronic disease prevention research which has spanned basic science to community-based work.

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