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Yeeli Mui, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E2539
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Bloomberg American Health Initiative
Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2017
MPH, Yale University, 2010
BS, University of California, Irvine, 2008


My scholarship is driven by a focus to advance health equity through the lens of planning for food systems and healthy communities. I use mixed-methods to examine the structural roots driving disparities in healthy food access and nutrition related problems. To inform more sustainable solutions and policy, I work in partnership with civil society actors and government agencies to build on community assets and strengths.

As part of a multi-country project in the Global South, I lead an interdisciplinary research team to mitigate food and health inequities of small-scale farmers experiencing urbanization and climate change pressures in Kerala, India. In the US context, I directed a study to strengthen linkages between neighborhood revitalization efforts and community health through more place- and health-conscious redevelopment strategies in Baltimore, MD.

Honors and Awards

2019- Bloomberg Endowed Professorship of American Health in Obesity and the Food System

2012-2017 Brown Community Health Scholars Program

  • food systems planning
  • food equity
  • community health
  • local government
  • food policy
  • obesity prevention
  • health disparities

More recent publications:

  • Mui Y, Khojasteh M, Judelsohn A, Sirwatka A, Kelly S, Gooch P, Raja S. Planning for regional food equity. Journal of the American Planning Association (in press).
  • Mui Y, Hodgson K, Khojasteh M, Raja S. Rejoining the planning and public health fields: Leveraging comprehensive plans to strengthen food systems in an urban versus rural jurisdiction. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 2018; 8(B):73-93.