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222.657.01 Food and Nutrition Policy

International Health
1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
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 policies and initiatives that directly or indirectly affect 1) the availability and quality of food and 2) the health and nutrition status 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 and the various policy options that are commonly used to address population-level problems
  2. Describe key stages in the policy process and identify facilitators and barriers to successful policy formation and implementation
  3. Critique a specific food and/or nutrition policy with respect to its evidence-base, adequacy of design, and forces which hinder or help policy adoption and implementation
Methods of Assessment:

Evaluation based on submission of (1) a food/nutrition problem and policy options statement, (2) a brief summary of an interview with a stakeholder related to your food/nutrition problem & policy, (3) a policy critique related to the food/nutrition problem and policy you chose, (4) a recorded 3-minute elevator speech, and (5) class attendance and participation. Items 1, 2, and 3 together comprise the primary “policy brief” assignment for the course, described in more detail below. 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