What is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition is a universal issue that no country in the world can afford to overlook. But what is malnutrition? It is the result of lack in proper nutrition - this could be not having enough to eat, not having access to nutritious foods, or having imbalances in types of food eaten. According to the World Health Organization as of 2016, about 1.9 billion adults worldwide are overweight, 460 million are underweight, 41 million children under 5 are overweight, 159 million are stunted, and 50 million are wasted. Those working in public health nutrition conduct research, develop programs, and advocate for political reform to reduce these numbers. They acknowledge that work must be done at the individual, community, city, state, and country level.

Labs & Clubs
SocioEconomic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions (SEED) Program

The Socio-Economic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions Program is a research collaboration between the NYU School of Medicine and the NYU College of Global Public Health that aims to combat obesity, reduce health disparities, and impact international and domestic food policy by informing policymakers and organizations in the US and global communities with empirically-supported guidance on improving the world’s diet.

According to program director Dr. Marie Bragg, researchers have demonstrated that food companies create a “health halo” around foods that might otherwise be perceived as unhealthy. The SEED Program has conducted web-based studies that examine how people react to products based on what information or health claims are placed on the package; how adolescents perceive racially/ethnically-targeted food and non-alcoholic beverage marketing; the effects of food and beverages endorsed by celebrities and athletes; and studies that examine the nutritional quality of food and beverages endorsed by popular music celebrities and athletes. The implications of Dr. Bragg’s research have been used to support public policy such as the Healthy Happy Meals Bill and the Sodium Warning Label.


Nutrition Without Borders Club

Nutrition Without Borders' (NwB) mission is to increase student involvement in domestic and global nutrition issues through advocacy, research, volunteering, and outreach, starting with New York University’s College of Global Public Health (GPH) community. NwB offers opportunities for students of all concentrations to explore their interest in public health nutrition through field trips to local organizations, attendance at nutrition- and food-related conferences, and professional development panels and workshops. Examples of past events include helping to build a hydroponic farm for a food pantry, attending the JustFood conference, and hosting a student internship panel.

Faculty at GPH

Marie Bragg

Assistant Professor of Public Health Nutrition

Dr. Marie Bragg’s work focuses on identifying and affecting environmental and social factors associated with obesity, food marketing, and health disparities.

Virginia W Chang

Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Virginia Chang focuses on obesity and health disparities; the association of obesity with mortality and disability; and the relationships between health, medical technologies, and stratification.

Andrea L Deierlein

Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition
Dr. Andrea Deierlein examines how dietary, behavioral, and environmental factors contribute to reproductive health outcomes and chronic-disease development throughout the lifespan.

Niyati Parekh

Professor of Public Health Nutrition
Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Initiatives for the Office of the Provost
Dr. Niyati Parekh studies and teaches nutrition epidemiology and chronic diseases, specifically she researches the correlations between diet, physical activity, obesity, and cancer.

Jennifer Pomeranz

Associate Professor of Public Health Policy and Management
A public health lawyer, Professor Jennifer Pomeranz researches policy and legal options to address the food environment, obesity, and social injustices that lead to health disparities.

Joyce A O'Connor

Director of Public Health Nutrition
Director of Advanced Certificate in Public Health
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition
Dr. Joyce O'Connor has developed and implemented community based programs aimed at eliminating health disparities and providing access to preventive services for populations with limited access.

Cook Off During the UNGA

NYU Nutrition Without Borders (NwB) brought collaboration and cohesiveness to the NYU GPH community by working with organizations across New York City. One non-profit called Kitchen Connection co-hosted a cook off with NwB, inviting three award winning ch
The thing about nutrition that most people don’t realize is that it affects every aspect of our lives. Your diet affects how you feel physically, mentally, it affects the severity of the symptoms that you have when you’re ill. It affects how susceptible you are to getting a disease.
- Adefunke Ajenikoko, MPH '18
Counting the Beans: The True Cost of a Plate of Food Around the World
In Observance of International Education Week, the NYU College of Global Public Health joined the United Nations World Food Programme for a Panel Discussion and an exhibition on WFP's recently launched study Counting the Beans: The True Cost of a Plate of Food Around the World made possible by Mastercard.

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