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MPH Concentration


History of the Concentration

Our first cohort of concentration students took place in the academic year 2017-2018, and in May, 2018, we celebrated their successful completion. Learn more about our 2018 graduates.

Our second cohort took place during the 2018-2019 academic year, completing their concentration in May, 2019. Learn more about our 2019 graduates and their capstone projects.

Program of Study

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.

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 optional 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 students 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.  

The 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. Students will make a formal presentation of their capstone experience as part of the MPH Capstone Symposium.

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MPH Concentration in Food Systems Approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission

News Release: One of the first programs of its kind will be offered by CLF and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health during the 2017-18 Academic Year

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