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Food, Culture, and Nutrition

East Baltimore
4th Term
International Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
M, W, 1:30 - 3:20pm
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 the bio-cultural influences on nutrition and their relevance to international and domestic public health research and programs. Includes topics: theoretical and methodological issues in nutritional anthropology, an overview of social scientific contributions to nutrition focusing on cultural perspectives of infant feeding, social impacts on under- and overnutrition, comparisons of Eastern and Western traditions of nutrition, and the role of nutritional anthropology in the development of public health interventions.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Provide models for the use of cultural information largely obtained through qualitative methods (core cultural values, practices) for the design and implementation of public health nutrition intervention programs and policies
  2. Enhance own cultural competence as it relates to food behavior and nutritional status in contemporary human populations, for working in one or more cultural settings
  3. Select and utilize qualitative and mixed methods, and to analyze these data for developing public health nutrition interventions and policies
  4. Utilize qualitative and quantitative data to select culturally, economically, socially and environmentally appropriate public health nutrition communication strategies for different audiences
  5. Design of public health nutrition programs and policies, including background, examples, and structure
  6. Communicate and evaluate public health content, both in writing and through PowerPoint
  7. Apply systems thinking to address a particular public health nutrition issue
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 45% Lab Assignments
  • 40% Final Project
  • 5% Peer-feedback