Developing Healthy Communities

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Developing Healthy Communities

Sarah Sliwa

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.

Rebecca Boulos

Rebecca Boulos, PhD, MPH, is Adjunct Faculty at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Rebecca's research interests lie at the intersection of psychological, biological and community health.

Mark Fenton

Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television. He's author of numerous books including the best selling "Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness" (Lyons Press, 2nd edition 2008).

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change for Physical Activity

Behavior change efforts alone are not sufficient to elicit population level improvements in physical activity and nutrition. This course will address policy and environmental approaches that are being utilized nationwide to create physical and cultural settings that routinely support healthier choices at all levels. The basics of physical activity measurement, epidemiology, and guidelines will be outlined, along with fundamental lessons of individually targeted approaches to physical activity and nutrition.

Theories of Behavior Change and their Application in Nutrition and Public Health Interventions

This course explores the theories of behavior change most commonly used in nutrition and public health. Includes an examination of several individual-based, social-based, organization-based and eco-social theories, including the Health Belief Model, the Theory of Planned Behavior, the Trans-theoretical Model, Decision-Making, Social Support, Social Learning Theory, and Diffusion of Innovations. Knowledge of these theories will help inform the design of research and program interventions based on psycho-biological, social, cultural and organizational frameworks.

Foundations of Nutrition Science

This course provides an understanding of basic nutrition science, including the principles of diet planning and government standards; the biological functions of the macro- and micronutrients; energy balance, weight control, and physical activity; and the role of nutrition in chronic diseases, nutrition throughout the life cycle, and contemporary nutrition-related issues.

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