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Nutrition science affects and informs health, lifestyle habits, government policy, international trade and economic development, societal and political infrastructure, and life itself. Policy not informed by sound science is not sound policy. In our programs of study, students are continually exposed to the interface of science and policy, providing a truly unique educational experience.

Educational opportunities are found not only in the classroom, but in our centers and online for remote learners.

About our Programs

Our degree programs are organized into two Departments: the Department of Nutrition Science, chaired by Associate Professor Edward Saltzman and the Department of Food and Nutrition Policy, chaired by Professor William Masters.  The departments reflect the philosophy that scientific discovery and the application of sound policy are at the foundation of nutritional wellbeing. The academic departments provide a structure for recognizing the complementary nature of the disciplines and specialization while the school provides students with opportunities to broaden their educational experience across the spectrum of the profession.

Department of Nutrition Science:

  • Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition
  • Master of Science/Dietetic Internship
  • Nutritional Epidemiology

Department of Food and Nutrition Policy:

  • Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • Food Policy & Applied Nutrition
  • Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance
  • Nutrition Communication

About our Blended Degree Program

The Masters of Nutrition Science and Policy degree program is taught through a combination of a sophisticated online environment and intensive residencies on the Boston/Medford campus. This format gives students who are unable to attend class full time in Boston the opportunity to earn a Tufts Friedman School masters degree with minimal interruption to existing career and/or family obligations. The program was originally introduced in 2009 under a partnership with the government of Ras al Khaimah, one of the seven United Arab Emirates.  

  • Master of Nutrition Science and Policy, Blended Learning Program

About our Centers

Feinstein International Center

The Feinstein International Center's research — on the politics and policy of aiding the vulnerable, on protection and rights in crisis situations, and on the restoration of lives and livelihoods — feeds into both its teaching and its long-term partnerships with humanitarian and human rights agencies. Through publications, seminars, and confidential evidence-based briefings, the Feinstein International Center seeks to influence the making and application of policy in the countries affected by crises and in those states in a position to influence such crises.

Among the educational opportunities at the Feinstein International Center is the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance, designed to provide an academic setting for humanitarian practitioners seeking to develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social analysis. The one-year program provides an opportunity for practitioners to study, read, reflect and write about current issues and trends of in humanitarian theories, programs and policies as they relate to famines, complex emergencies and other disasters.

About our Online Graduate Certificate Programs

The Friedman School currently offers the following fully-online graduate certificate programs designed to meet the needs of professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge and advance in their careers in the following selected disciplines without disrupting career and family commitments.

  • Developing Healthy Communities: Nutrition, Behavior, and Physical Activity
  • Nutrition Science for Communications Professionals
  • Delivery Science for International Nutrition
  • Evidence-Based Humanitarian Assistance
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Nutrition Science for Health Professionals (Beginning in Fall 2015)