Food Policy & Applied Nutrition

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Food Policy and Applied Nutrition

Food and Nutrition Policy Doctoral Research Seminar (PhD)

This seminar is designed to offer doctoral students a forum for discussing issues, methodologies, and research findings at a higher plane of analysis. Will represent a venue for in-depth, cross-disciplinary exploration of challenging topics. Under the direction of one or more faculty members, students will be expected to facilitate topic discussions and guide each other's research, evaluate methods, and critique research findings, often in fields outside of nutrition. Students will be actively challenged to explore cutting-edge topics in innovative ways.

Food Systems Modeling and Analysis

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.

Anthropology of Food and Nutrition

This course provides an advanced introduction to anthropological theory and methods designed for food and nutrition science and policy graduate students. Section 1 covers anthropology's four-field modes of inquiry, cross-cutting theoretical approaches and thematic interest groups, their respective institutions and intellectual concerns. Section 2 demonstrates applications of these concepts and methods to cutting-edge food and nutrition issues.

Science-Based Interventions for Child Malnutrition

This course will translate the evidence base for understanding the diagnosis, pathogenesis and therapeutic approaches to child malnutrition (stunting wasting) in developing countries.  The participation of protein quality and micronutrients will be emphasized including iron, vitamin A, zinc and folate.  Current interventions in the field will be analyzed and discussed with emphasis on program design effectiveness evaluation and meta analyses.

Positive Deviance for Behavior Change: A Course for Practitioners

Positive Deviance provides a unique approach for solving problems that require social or behavioral change. At its heart is the observation that in every community there are a few individuals – "positive deviants" – whose uncommon practices or behaviors enable them to outperform or find better solutions to pervasive problems than their neighbors with whom they share the same resource base.

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