Engaged Curriculum Grants

Food Systems for Global Health

Exploring challenges and providing solutions to food and water safety issues that touch every part of the globe.

Food systems around the globe are being threatened by climate change, growing rates of crop failures and population increases; and the public’s health is being threatened by a triple burden: insufficient access to food and water in some places, over-indulgence of food in other places, and consumption of food that lacks balance in the micronutrients that are vital to health in many places.

To provide a new generation of leaders to improve food and water security, and the related health benefits, Cornell launched a Master of Public Health that draws on the expertise of faculty from across campus. After taking required coursework, students in the program’s Food Systems for Health concentration collaborate with community partners on public health projects in either New York State or Africa. The students can work on any number of projects, including helping farmer networks in Zambia track health improvements related to a re-focus of their practices, or helping to assess and expand nutrition education programs alongside the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Students present results of their projects at an annual public health symposium held at Cornell.

Grant type: Development (2017-18), Planning (2016-17)

The Team

  • Gen Meredith, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Rebecca Nelson, School of Integrative Plant Science
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Katie Fiorella
    Cornell Master of Public Health
  • Alex Travis, Baker Institute for Animal Health
    College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Community partner: Community Markets for Conservation
    Pioneer in building commercial links between small-scale farmers and conservation.
  • Community partner: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
    Provider of programs that enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.


In the News

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
New MPH students tackle disease, planetary health
Cornell Chronicle

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