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222.657.01 Food and Nutrition Policy

International Health
1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Rolf Klemm
Course Instructors:

There are no formal prerequisites for taking the course; however, students are expected to be familiar with the basic principles of nutrition. Students are strongly encouraged to broaden their reading in the subjects related to the nutritional problems and policies that are addressed in the course in order to fully participate in class discussions and in order to prepare a paper critiquing a specific food or nutrition policy.


Examines the policy-making process underlying large-scale governmental, bilateral, and multilateral agency food and nutrition policies and programs that directly or indirectly affect 1) the availability and quality of food and 2) the health and nutrition of populations. Draws examples from the United States as well as low and middle income countries. Faculty and guest lecturers with diverse experience in developing and implementing food and nutrition policies lead the discussions.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify food and nutrition problems amenable to policy intervention
  2. Define criteria of effective food or nutrition policy options
  3. Critique a specific food and/or nutrition policy with respect to its evidence-base, adequacy of design relative to the problem it is addressing, potential for nutritional impact and forces which hinder or help policy adoption and implementation (e.g. stakeholder groups)
Methods of Assessment:

Evaluation based on submission of (1) three reading reflections, (2) a food/nutrition problem and policy statement (of your choosing), (3) a stakeholder analysis related to your food/nutrition problem, (4) a policy critique related to the food/nutrition problem and policy you chose, (5) a recorded 3-minute elevator speech, and (6) class attendance and participation. All written assignments should be submitted on this website via the Course Drop Box for the appropriate assignment. If you encounter problems submitting your assignment with the Drop Box, email your assignment to the TA. Late assignments will lose 5% for every day that they are late.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required