Nutrition: From Cell
to Society

Since 1981, the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University has been dedicated to improving the nutritional well-being of people worldwide. Faculty at the school include biomedical scientists, economists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, physicians, political scientists and psychologists who focus on a myriad of issues with the common thread of nutrition and its role in fostering the growth and development of human populations.

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Lifting Restrictions on Total Fat

Within the latest Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report, a quiet revolution in the way we think about dietary fat is afoot. For the first time since 1980, the DGAC did not propose restricting total fat consumption in its technical report, released in February. According to the current dietary guidelines, only up to 35% of daily calories should come from fat. Read more on Tufts Now

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No A Without Bees

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Friedman School quantified the nutritional and health outcomes associated with decreased intake of pollinator-dependent foods for populations around the world in The Lancet. One of the results? Vitamin A deficiency in the poorest countries. Read more about the study

Reducing Sugar Sweetened Beverages
More Evidence Against Sugary Beverages

"It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,” says Dean Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, senior author of a study recently published in the journal Circulation. Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide. Read the interview with Dean Mozaffarian at Tufts Now. 

Uncovering the Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture
The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture

Friedman students are working with scholars and faculty at Tufts and beyond to help conduct ongoing research about how climate change is affecting the chemistry and quality of tea grown in China. These findings will shed light on how consumer demand for food and beverage products is influenced by climate change. You can learn more about this fascinating study at the Tea and Climate Change Collaborative website. 

Online Degree and Certificates
Online Learning at The Friedman School

The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy degree program, which combines on campus and online learning, and the Online Graduate Certificate Programs are designed for working professionals in mind. Students live and work where they choose while studying with faculty from one of the world’s premier research universities.

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Tufts Talks Obesity: From Cell to Society Part One from Tufts Friedman School on Vimeo.

Our inaugural Tufts Talks Symposium featured presentations and a panel discussion with leading Tufts faculty and scientists speaking about US and global obesity prevention efforts across the lifespan and current advances in nutrition science and policy. View More

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