MPH Concentration in Food Systems
Masters of Public Health (MPH) students in the Food Systems Concentration will explore the critical role of food systems in public health and global environmental change and apply research, communication and/or public health policy analysis and advocacy skills to address the public health, social justice, and environmental implications of food systems.
The MPH Concentration includes a minimum of 18 credits of required and elective courses. Some courses are based on field trips and/or experiential learning with community-based organizations, local policymakers, and the Center’s urban teaching farm. Other courses can be taken online and incorporate interactive sessions and recorded presentations from a wide range of experts in their fields. Students in the MPH Concentration in Food Systems can also participate in monthly group mentoring meetings with the Center’s faculty and staff and a capstone experience.
Students may 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 and doctoral students.
The MPH Concentration in Food Systems is available to students studying on-site in the Baltimore area. Online MPH students, students in other degree programs, and non-degree professionals can earn our Food Systems, Public Health and the Environment Certificate.
The Capstone Experience
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. Concentration faculty will provide students with a list of research and project ideas, 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 Food Systems MPH Capstone Symposium.
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