The Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy is the only graduate school of nutrition in North America. The breadth of our programs is unparalleled, including cutting-edge research and education from cell to society, from individuals to food systems, and from genetics to policy. This unique breadth and scope make the Friedman School a leading institution for evidence-based nutrition education, research, and public impact.

2015 Entering Students

  • Entering Students: 173
  • Master Candidates: 83
  • Ph.D. Candidates: 4
  • By Program:
    • Agriculture, Food and Environment: 22
    • Food Policy & Applied Nutrition: 22
    • Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance: 5
    • Nutrition Communication: 4
    • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition: 13
    • Master of Science/Dietetic Internship: 8
    • Nutritional Epidemiology: 8
    • Master of Nutrition Science and Policy: 13
    • Graduate Certificates: 78
  • International Students (degree programs): 19

  • Home Countries: Afghanistan, Canada, Ethiopia, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States

Fast Facts

  • The Friedman School has 350 masters, doctoral, and certificate students annually, and over 1600 alumni worldwide.
  • Approximately 20% of degree students are international and hail from five continents
  • There are more than 80 primary faculty members and more than 80 additional adjunct and affiliated faculty members.
  • The school’s master's degree programs in Humanitarian Assistance, Nutrition Communication and Agriculture, Food and the Environment are unique in the nation.
  • Out of 45 major nutrition doctoral programs assessed by the National Academies in 2010, The Friedman School was ranked #1 overall, and #1 for research activity. 
  • The school conducts multidisciplinary research in collaboration with Tufts' unique collection of health science professional schools in human, dental and veterinary medicine, as well as with Tufts Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
  • Groundbreaking research is generated by more than 55 scientists in 22 labs at the nation's largest center of its kind, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.
  • The Friedman School is home to the ChildObesity 180 project and the Feinstein International Center. Through different areas of focus, such as obesity prevention and international humanitarian assistance, their research and programs improve people’s lives worldwide.
  • Field-based research is ongoing on four continents and more than a dozen countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, Zambia, as well as the United States.
  • The Friedman School offers the only blended learning masters degree in nutrition in the United States.  Beginning in Fall 2013, students will have the option of attending  the Friedman School without disrupting career and family obligations through the Master of Nutrition Science and Policy degree program which combines online instruction with residencies on our Boston campus. 
  • The school's alumni have careers that span the nutrition and health fields, including jobs with governments, NGOs, academia, and the food, health and biotechnology industries.
  • The school’s five Online Graduate Certificate Programs offer professionals a unique opportunity to advance their knowledge on a wide range of nutrition-related topics.  Students live all over the world while earning graduate credit from Tufts.