Food and Nutrition

"When I think of three adjectives to describe the School of Public Health, I think of 'comprehensive,' I think of 'current,' and I think of 'collaborative.'"

MPH in Public Health Nutrition

The UC Berkeley Public Health Nutrition Program trains current and future leaders in food and nutrition research, policy, and practice to identify current and emerging public health nutrition challenges and solutions. The program is structured to provide students with the skills needed to contribute scientific understanding of public health nutrition challenges, create healthy food systems, identify and advocate for effective food policies, and plan, implement, and evaluate programs to improve population nutrition and health. We seek to train people who want to lead at the local, state, national, and global levels in tackling nutrition challenges and improving population diet and health. This program offers training in core public health skills and specifically focuses on nutrition policy, epidemiology, and food systems, as well as overall critical thinking, analysis, and leadership skills.

Our partnerships offer our students unique opportunities to enhance their academic coursework by seeking out hands-on learning experiences through jobs and internships, workshops, talks, and events, as well as fellowships and funding:

  • The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) seeks to empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems. Our students have held jobs, received fellowships to work with sustainable food systems organizations, attended events and forums, and have helped inform the BFI’s work by participating in the BFI Graduate Council.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Food Systems prepares students to think critically about the multi-level, multi-system factors that affect food production, distribution, and consumption locally, nationally, and globally.
  • The Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) brings together a wide range of experts who develop and conduct research on nutrition, food insecurity, physical activity, wellness, and the prevention of obesity, diabetes and other related health problems. NPI holds monthly brown bag seminars and frequently hires our students as research assistants or interns.
  • The Center for Global Public Health (CGPH) provides fellowships in global health research and global health reporting for investigating issues related to health disparities and/or health equity in low-to-middle income countries. CGPH also offers a Global Health Specialty Area which provides students with additional opportunity to study global health as part of their MPH curriculum.
  • The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program provides future MCH Nutrition leaders with the skills to identify, monitor, evaluate and implement public health nutrition programs. Although funding through the training program is reserved for students who have, or are eligible for, the Registered Dietitian certification, other experiences and opportunities throughout the year sponsored by the MCH Nutrition Training Program are open to all students.

Featured Alumni

Tia Shimada, MPH ‘09

Tia has a strong interest in advancing equity and inclusion through systems change. Her leadership for CFPA’s programmatic work involves overseeing the development and execution of CFPA’s annual research agenda. Her areas of expertise include policy advocacy to optimize the federal nutrition programs, particularly school and summer meals, and harnessing research to drive public policy.

Kali Feiereisel, ‘16

Kali’s research and job experiences explore integration of systems approaches to design healthier food systems that thrive. She has experience working in diversified vegetable production, and with CAFF she provides food safety technical assistance to farmers as they further develop their practices to meet new requirements.


If you are an alum of our program, we’d love to feature you! Please contact phnprogram@berkeley.edu to let us know what exciting work you are doing!

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Nutrition

Degrees

Employment

The MPH in PHN prepares students for work in state or local government or nonprofit health agencies, or other community, policy development or research organizations that deal with health and nutrition policy and program design, implementation, and evaluation. PHN graduates have held positions at a variety of organizations, including: California Food Policy Advocates, USDA, Policy Link, Prevention Institute, Nutrition Policy Institute, UCSF, Berkeley Media Studies Group, American Heart Association, University of California Cooperative Extension, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, and Public Health Advocates.