Sarah Sliwa
Course Instructor

Sarah Sliwa, PhD is an instructor teaching in the Developing Healthy Communities Online Graduate Certificate program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Sarah brings nearly a decade of experience working on childhood obesity prevention initiatives.  Sarah currently serves as a health scientist with CDC Healthy Schools in the Division of Population Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She leads work on school-based approaches to prevent childhood obesity and to enhance opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in out-of-school time programs. In this role, she conducts and synthesizes research, provides technical assistance, and translates science into evidence-informed guidance and resources.  Previously, she served as a CDC Evaluation Fellow and as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow with the National Academies of Science. Sarah received a PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition with a concentration in nutrition interventions from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.



  • Ph.D., 2014, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, specializing in Nutrition Interventions, Friedman School, Tufts University
  • M.S., 2009, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, specializing in Food Policy and Economics, Friedman School, Tufts University
  • B.A., 2004, International Relations, International Letters & Visual Studies, Tufts University

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