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MPH Concentration in Food Systems and Public Health

Masters of Public Health (MPH) students in the Food Systems and Public Health Concentration will explore the relevance of the food system to public health and apply communication, public health policy analysis, and advocacy skills to study and address the public health implications of food systems. 

Learn more about the No. 1 ranked Master of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The MPH Concentration includes a minimum of 18 credits of required and elective courses, some based on field trips and  experiential learning with community-based organizations and CLF's urban teaching farm, monthly group mentoring meetings with CLF faculty and staff, and a capstone experience. 

Students in the MPH Concentration in Food Systems are also invited to participate in ptional enrichment activities hosted by CLF throughout the year, such as seminars and endowed lectureships, social events with students in other programs who are studying food systems, and opportunities to network with CLF alumni.    

The MPH Concentration in Food Systems and Public Health is available to student studying onsite in the Baltimore area. Students in other degree programs, non-degree students, and online MPH students can check out our Food Systems,  Public Health and the Environment Certificate program.   


  1. Define and describe the food system, including identification of points in the food production and distribution processes that create risks and benefits for workers, communities, consumers, the ecosystem, and food community and also potential opportunities for intervention.
  2. Describe the history and evolution of food systems and food production practices and characterize the impacts of such practices on public health.
  3. Use a systems perspective to analyze and apply critical thinking to inter-relationships within the food system, specifically among diet, food production, the environment and public health.
  4. Analyze strengths and weaknesses of political, social, and economic policies and other interventions to address food system issues including food production, consumption, and the fulfillment of the right to adequate food.
  5. Apply selected skills (e.g., risk assessment, advocacy, communication, program planning and evaluation, and qualitative research methodology,) to promote a healthy and sustainable food system.

Capstone Experience

Typically, the capstone experience involves applying the skills and competencies acquired during the MPH coursework to a particular food systems-related problem or to the analysis of policies and/or programs at the intersection of food, the environment and public health. Through meetings with their advisor and monthly Concentration meetings, students will explore their interests and options for a capstone experience. The capstone experience may be completed in partnership with a community organization or agency, at the discretion of the student and the advisor. A list of research and project ideas for students will be provided by Concentration faculty sponsors, many of which tie into projects currently underway by Center faculty and staff, or may serve as inspiration for project ideas that align with the students interests and goals. In 4th term, students are required to register for the 2-credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800). Students will make a formal presentation of their capstone experience as part of the MPH Capstone Symposium.