Public Health 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.'"


Public Health Nutrition (PHN) is an area of concentration emphasizing the application of food and nutrition knowledge, policy, and research to the improvement of the health of populations. Students in PHN will gain a perspective on the following critical questions:

  • What are the most critical social, behavioral, and food and nutrition-related factors that affect health?
  • What are ways that the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs can improve the nutritional status of the population or subgroups in the population?
  • How can nutrition-related and food-related public policies affect health, especially in vulnerable populations?
  • How can global, national, state, and local community programs be designed to improve the nutritional status of the population as a whole and those at particular risk?

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Nutrition



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 Policy Link, the Prevention Institute, Samuels and Associates, the UC Berkeley Center for Weight and Health, UCSF, Berkeley Media Studies Group, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, and California Food Policy Advocates.

Public Health Nutrition Faculty


Fernald, Lia, Director
Abrams, Barbara
Laraia, Barbara
Madsen, Kristine

Adjunct Faculty
Crawford, Patricia


Emeriti Faculty
Block, Gladys
Sabry, Zak