Online Graduate Certificates

Kathy Prelack

I have been a clinical dietitian for over 25 years, serving over 20 years at Shriners Hospitals for Children –Boston with a primary role of Director of Nutrition. I have had research appointments at both Massachusetts Hospital- Department of Surgery as well as Shriners Hospitals for Children Boston. As both clinician and researcher I have an established professional commitment to improving nutritional status and quality of life in recovering burn children. My research focus has traditionally been on energy metabolism and body composition, with particular focus on isotope methodology.

Rachel Cheatham

Rachel Cheatham, PhD, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.  She is Founder & CEO of Foodscape Group, a nutrition strategy consultancy designed to help businesses develop and market healthier foods based on global wellness trends and insights. She has been a commercial television producer, Director at the International Food Information Council, and Senior Vice President at Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm.

Erin Boyd

Erin Boyd, M.S. has over ten years of experience in emergency nutrition response covering policy, program management, monitoring and evaluation, coordination, and operational research. She has lived and worked in ten countries with NGOs, UNICEF and USAID. Erin provided technical guidance and staff management for nutrition surveillance projects and emergency nutrition interventions in Darfur and Ethiopia.

Adela Hruby

Adela Hruby, PhD, MPH, completed her public health and doctorate degrees at Tufts, specializing in epidemiology, after spending 10 years in various aspects of publishing and language translation. Nowadays, the responsible translation of science is one of her priorities. Adela recently completed a Research Fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, and has since joined the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University as a Scientist II. 

Sustainability on the Farm

Agriculture is the single largest user of land and water and, thus, has broad environmental impacts. Gains in yield productivity over the last five decades have met increasing demands without increasing agricultural area in the U.S., but environmental, economic and social costs have been considerable. In this first course of the series, the farm level primary costs and benefits will be analyzed, along with a profile of current conventional and alternative approaches to food production in the U.S.

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).

Interpreting Nutrition Evidence

This course will familiarize students with the terms and tools required to navigate the scientific literature and dissect the components of nutrition research articles. The course covers literature searches, study designs, anatomy of a research paper, and common statistical terms. Through “hands-on” exercises, including a literature review and case studies of how nutrition-related scientific evidence is translated in press releases and social media, students will gain the skills required to translate and communicate this body of knowledge responsibly.

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.

Daniel Hatfield

Dan Hatfield is an applied community and behavioral interventionist working with ChildObesity180 at Tufts University. His work lies at the intersection of research and practice – in understanding what works in terms of getting people, particularly young people, to eat better and move more and using that knowledge to inform policy and practice in individual communities and at broad scale. Dr.

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