Faculty in the division possess expertise in food policy analysis, economics, development, and the implementation and evaluation of nutrition programming globally and in the US. Faculty research includes US food policy and federal food assistance programs and approaches to improve the effectiveness of food security, food aid, health sector, and agricultural and other livelihood interventions in addressing poverty-related nutrition issues – undernutrition, obesity, and related health consequences - in the context of economic development and in humanitarian emergencies.
The mission of the MS and PhD degree program in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition is to equip students seeking careers to improve food security and nutrition outcomes with the diverse skills and knowledge needed to design, implement and assess successful food policy and nutrition interventions in the U.S. and around the world. The curriculum addresses economic and political, as well as other social science dimensions of global nutrition challenges, and provides both the conceptual and the analytical skills required by program managers and policy analysts, and a solid foundation in applied statistical and research skills regarding the technical aspects of policy formation and program planning, design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are distinctive for their broad knowledge of global and national policies and institutions, together with a set of analytical and quantitative skills that enable them to play leading roles in food policy and programming in government at the local, state and national levels; academic and research institutions, international and national organizations; and in the private sector.