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The RAK partnership has drawn to a close, but the hybrid program has continued with residencies in Boston, MA as the Master's of Nutrition Science and Policy (MNSP) program: the perfect blend of online and on-campus learning.

Friedman School faculty members offer frequent online webinars to familiarize prospective students with the blended degree program. To receive information about or register for the next webinar, click here.  You will receive an email invitation when exact times and locations are determined.

Overview & History of the RAK Program

MNSP student Ghada Hamada, M.D., Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and Program Director Lynne Ausman, D.Sc.In 2007, the Friedman School joined with Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates to participate in establishing Ras Al Khaimah, or "RAK" as a hub for nutrition education and health care that served populations in the UAE, neighboring Gulf States and South Asia.

Under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member of the UAE and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the government created the Investment and Development Office, and EDRAK, to fulfill their educational mission.

Among the projects was the establishment of a unique masters degree program taught in a blended format of online learning plus three to four residencies in the UAE, each of which is approximately eight days.

Additionally, the government of Ras Al Khaimah made a gift to the Friedman School to endow a professorship as a lasting tribute to our relationship. The Program Director of the blended learning degree program in RAK and in Boston, Dr. Lynne Ausman, is the Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Professor in International Nutrition, awarded through that from the government of Ras Al Khaimah and given in acknowledgement to Dr. Ausman for her contributions to the success of the masters program in Ras Al Khaimah.

The Friedman School is committed to expanding the breadth and quality of nutrition worldwide. This collaboration with the government of Ras Al Khaimah gave the School a unique opportunity to educate future nutrition leaders and mid-career professionals - and bring needed expertise in prevention and treatment of preventable chronic disease to the region.