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The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future offers  a free, online course, “An Introduction to the US Food System: Perspectives from Public Health” through the University’s partnership with Coursera.

A food system encompasses the activities, people and resources involved in getting food from field to plate. Along the way, it intersects with many aspects of public health, equity and the environment. In this short course, we provide a brief introduction to the U.S. food system and how food production practices and what we eat impacts the world in which we live. We explore some key historical and political factors that have helped shape the current food system and real-world approaches to better nourishing a growing population. The course is led by a team of faculty and staff from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and is based on for-credit courses offered at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  

All lectures are available for free, or you can pay $49 to enroll and earn a certificate. New sessions begin every six weeks. You can begin any time by signing up and previewing lectures while you wait for your session's start date. 

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The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OpenCourseWare (OCW) project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses. As challenges to the world's health escalate daily, the School feels a moral imperative to provide equal and open access to information and knowledge about the obstacles to the public's health and their potential solutions.

Materials from the Center for a Livable Future courses are available through the OCW program.

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