Food and Nutrition Policy
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.
- Identify food and nutrition problems amenable to policy intervention and describe the epidemiological scope and the social, political and economic determinants that have implications for policy formation
- Identify various policy options that can be used to address a specific food & nutrition problems in a given setting / context
- Describe key stages in the policy process including the role of evidence and ethical implications in/for each stage
- Identify the key stakeholder groups that influence the policy process and propose strategies for reaching groups and building coalitions that will help advance the policy process
- Identify and apply principles of leadership and governance that relate to building collaboration and facilitating decision making across the policy process.
- Advocate for or against food and nutrition policies, integrating perspectives from diverse stakeholder groups, including those from other sectors and professions, aiming to improve health outcomes
- Evaluate the potential of a specific food and nutrition policy to impact population health and and health inequities by assessing the adequacy of design and identifying the factors (e.g stakeholders, context) which hindered or helped policy formation, adoption and/or implementation
- Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in written (decision memo) and oral approaches (elevator speech, senate hearing)
- 85% Written Assignment(s)
- 15% Presentation(s)