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Nutrition & Food Equity and Ethics

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, June 13, 2022
End Date
Friday, June 17, 2022
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 9:00am - 12:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Introduces and explores the equity and ethical issues of the nutritional sciences field in both policy and practice. Provides students with the opportunity to think critically about a variety of conflicting views of who is marginalized and hence, nutritionally vulnerable, what is considered a healthy diet, where are the inequities in accessing a nutritious diet, and what are the implications of policies in achieving nutrition security. Borrows tools from practical ethics, political philosophy, and theories of justice to shed light on these issues that determine our common future and the way we personally and socially relate to the food we eat.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe theoretical/conceptual foundations for the human right to health and the right to food
  2. Identify who is nutritionally marginalized and vulnerable in different regions of the world
  3. Appraise why certain populations are marginalized and the systemic issues that perpetuate this marginalization
  4. Analyze what nutrition “interventions” and political actions present ethical dilemmas that influence equity
  5. Identify who is responsible (the duty bearers) in taking action to ensure that nutritional gains are equitable across populations
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 80% Final Paper
Special Comments

course will be co-instructed by Swetha Manohar. Please review her bio here: