The University of Washington School of Public Health will offer a new major this year to undergraduate students interested in the connections between food systems, nutrition and health.
A Bachelor of Arts in food systems, nutrition and health was approved in July by UW President Ana Mari Cauce and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Student applications will be accepted in the fall of 2018 for enrollment in winter quarter 2019.
The major will be administered by the Nutritional Sciences Program within the UW School of Public Health. It will feature an interdisciplinary curriculum centered around food and nutrition and with a breadth of classes, ranging from anthropology and biosecurity to oceanography and global environmental politics.
Core courses and electives will be offered through the UW School of Public Health, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Built Environments, College of the Environment, Foster School of Business, College of Education, School of Law, School of Nursing and Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. A core course on food systems modeling was developed with the College of Engineering.
The School also offers undergraduate majors in environmental health, public health – global health, and health informatics and health information management. The public health major was recently renamed public health – global health to better reflect its domestic and global competencies.
In addition to the general track, students enrolled in public health – global health will now be able to choose one of three options: global health, health education and promotion, or nutritional sciences. New course sequences will allow for deeper dives into those areas and will include upper-level courses such as health economics and global mental health.