"Nutrition is not a discipline, it is an agenda."

— The late Jean Mayer, former president of Tufts University and founder of Tufts' School of Nutrition, now the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

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This statement is the backbone of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Established in 1981, it is the only graduate and professional school of nutrition in North America. Its mission is to improve the nutritional well-being of people worldwide through:

  • the creation of new knowledge
  • the application and dissemination of evidence-based information and
  • the education and training of future leaders in the field

This mission is fulfilled by bringing together experts from the areas of clinical nutrition, social and public policy, and biomedicine. 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.

From its first class of 17 students in 1981, the school has matured to include over 350 masters, doctoral, and certificate students annually, with both students and alumni representing 34 countries and counting. Programs of study draw upon the strength of Tufts University's interdisciplinary approach which involves Tufts' seven other schools, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and the Frances Stern Nutrition Center. There are also several one-of-a-kind master's degree programs that take advantage of this cross collaboration.

The school offers online graduate-level certificate programs designed primarily for mid-career professionals who wish to increase their knowlege in specific areas of nutrition such as communications, sustainability, humanitarian assistance, delivery science and healthy communities.

The school's rigorous curriculum, research, applied programs and internships provide its students with the opportunity to make significant contributions to the nutrition and health of all populations. In other words, graduates of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy truly make a difference in the world.