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Keith P. West, DrPH

  • George G. Graham Professor
  • Program Director, Human Nutrition
  • Professor

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615 N. Wolfe St. W2041
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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DrPH, Johns Hopkins University, 1986
MPH, Johns Hopkins University


My research focuses on improving through nutritional means the health and survival of infants, children, adolescents and women of reproductive age in underserved populations, with special interests in the assessment and prevention of micronutrient deficiencies (especially vitamin A) and protein-energy malnutrition. Most of my research has involved conducting population-based epidemiologic studies and intervention trials. In recent years, my work has broadened to explore effects of developmental nutrition exposures later in life and nutriproteomics as a platform for micronutrient deficiency assessment.

Honors and Awards

Kellogg International Nutrition Prize 2007

  • international health, micronutrients, vitamin A, maternal and child nutrition, international nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, retinol, beta-carotene, child mortality, maternal mortality, child health, maternal health, anthropometry, community trials, Bangladesh, Nepal, OpenCourseWare
  • Sommer A, West KP Jr. Vitamin A Deficiency: Health, Survival and Vision. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

  • West KP Jr. Famine. In: Caballero B, Allen L, Prentice A (eds). Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, 2nd edition. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd, 2005;2:169-177.

  • West KP Jr. Vitamin A deficiency and interventions. In: Caballero B, Allen L, Prentice A (eds). Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, 2nd edition. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd, 2005;4:348-358.

  • West KP Jr, Caballero B, Black RE. Nutrition. In: Merson MH, Black RE, Mills AJ (eds), International Public Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies. 2nd edition. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2006;5:187-272.

  • West KP Jr, Gernand AD, Sommer A. Vitamin A in nutritional anemia. In: Kraemer K, Zimmermann MB (eds), Nutritional Anemia. Basel, Switzerland: Sight and Life, 2007;10:133-153.