This course uses contemporary food issues to examine core elements of the U.S. system of government and to illuminate dynamics in American politics and policymaking. Its primary purpose is to develop a clearer understanding of how government institutions function, and how politics broadly understood shape what we end up calling (perhaps with some overstatement) “food policy.” As such, the course focuses it attention on such elements as the constitutional foundations of the U.S.
Agriculture and food industries are a subject of growing interest in terms of their resource requirements, ecological impacts, and sustainability. This course will provide a foundation in some of the methods of modeling and analysis used to study food systems. We will address several types of approaches, generally building in complexity, starting with net balances of production and consumption and continuing through modeling food production capacity, foodshed analyses, life cycle assessment, and system dynamics and integrated modeling.
This course provides a survey of regression techniques for outcomes common in biomedical and public health data including continuous, count, binary, and time series data. Emphasis is on developing a conceptual understanding of the application of these techniques to solving problems, rather than to the numerical details.