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Jennifer Pomeranz

Health policy -- Jennifer Pomeranz's passion -- is a complicated battle fought in and out of the halls of justice, but it is a fight this public health lawyer was born to tackle.

Jennifer went to law school to redress social injustices, but that did not come to fruition.  She left the law and earned a Master in Public Health to work on obesity and food policy. Public Health Policy has enabled her to realize her goal: redressing social injustices in public health.

Since becoming a health policy expert, Jennifer has brought innovative thinking to the food policy field. Her research addresses the food environment, obesity, and products that cause public harm. She pushes for changes to current sugary beverage policies through discount coupons bans, among other means. To learn more about her work in the field, pickup a copy of her new book, Food Law for Public Health, published this month by Oxford University Press.

Ms. Pomeranz is a CGPH professor with courses on Public Health Law and Public Health Policy. Jennifer teaches students about the products that cause public health problems such as tobacco, alcohol, highly processed foods, and firearms. She also explores the authorities and limitations of federal and state governments, including agencies, as well as all the tricks of the legal trade necessary to be effective in public health policy.

Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Ms. Pomeranz was an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Center for Obesity Research and Education in the College of Public Health. Jennifer was previously the Director of Legal Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. She holds esteemed positions as the Policy Chair of the Health Law Section of the American Public Health Association and the official liaison between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association.

"Policy is so important because it is the most effective way to influence public health. I got into public health to change the world -- to improve health and address inequities. There is no more effective way to do this than through policy."

A Complete List of Professor Pomeranz's Published Peer Reviewed Work is available in My Bibliography on PubMed.

Select law review articles are available here.

Students can reach Dr. Pomeranz at

Jennifer Pomeranz

Jennifer Pomeranz, JD, MPH, Assistant Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Policy and Management (MPH and PhD)

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