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Welcome to the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition

Chaired by professor Rick Welsh, we offer the following academic programs:

Addiction Studies, M.A.
Addiction Studies (C.A.S.)
Dietetic Internship (C.A.S.)
Food Studies, B.S.
Food Studies, M.S.
Global Health, M.S.
Global Health (C.A.S.)
Nutrition, B.S.
Nutrition Science, B.S.
Nutrition Science, M.A., M.S.
Public Health, B.S.

You can also view more specific details on our programs by visiting our web pages on public health, nutrition science and dietetics and food studies.

 

Dessa Bergin Cico

Public health professor Dessa Bergen-Cico named Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Bergen-Cico, associate professor of public health, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in the Republic of Georgia for the 2015-16 academic year. Her research will support development and implementation of primary prevention and drug education in Georgia and the region.


Project ETHICS documentary team

Project ETHICS filmed for upcoming documentary

In 2013, associate professor of public health, Dr. Katherine McDonald, received a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH), to address the pressing need for scientific knowledge to improve the health of persons with intellectual disability. A survey was created by an expert panel, which included Micah Fialka-Feldman, a Syracuse University student, teaching assistant, and staff member. Feldman, who will graduate in May 2015 with a certificate in Disability Studies, helped design the survey and assisted with recruitment and sharing findings. During the project, McDonald was contacted by documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib, an Emmy-nominated creator of award-winning films on disability-related topics about his upcoming film, Intelligent Lives.


Evan Weissman

Food Studies assistant professor Evan Weissman receives 2015 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award

In recognition of teaching excellence, Evan Weissman, Ph.D., assistant professor of food studies, was honored with the 2015 Teaching Recognition Award as part of the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship Program. Awards will be presented during a ceremony on April 13.


Seth Goldman of Honest Tea

Seth Goldman, co-founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea, visits Falk College April 13

The Food Studies program, along with Falk College, welcomed Seth Goldman, co-founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea, for the 2015 Christy Lecture Series in Nutrition on April 13. His presentation was entitled, "Scaling an Authentic Brand While Keeping it Honest." The audience of students, faculty and staff attending the presentation received a sample of Honest Tea. Students also received a complimentary copy of Goldman’s book, "Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently—and Succeeding," an accessible business book told in comic form that presents the story of how the co-founders of Honest Tea built their mission-driven business.


Sarah Wick cooking in kitchen

Sports Nutritionist Speaks at Syracuse University April 8

Sports nutritionist, Sarah Wick, RD CSSD LD, spoke at Syracuse University April 8. Her presentation focused on sports nutrition and how it affects performance.


Sarah Skinnear presents at St. Vincent Sports Performance

Sarah Skinner completes nutrition internship at St. Vincent Sports Performance

In January 2015, Sarah Skinner, a graduate student majoring in nutrition science in Falk College, secured a four- week unpaid internship with St. Vincent Sports Performance, a national and highly competitive nutrition internship with only four interns selected annually. For Sarah, the St. Vincent internship allowed her to get a real-world glimpse of her career goal of working with a sport team (professional or collegiate level). The internship was a hands-on sports nutrition experience where she worked one-on-one with potential NFL players preparing to enter the NFL Combine, Pro Days, and the Draft.


Keith Alford and Michele Galvin

March Was National Nutrition Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' theme for national nutrition month, which took place in March, was "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle." The student group Orange Wrap planned a Plinko game where students in the dining halls come to the table, play the game by dropping a disk in one of the slots on top.


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Research training program for veterans accepting applications

To improve access to undergraduate research experiences in the area of trauma for groups typically underrepresented in this research, including veterans, a collaborative venture between Syracuse University’s Falk College, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is now recruiting students for its 2015 program June 1-26 on the Syracuse campus. The Undergraduate Trauma Research Training program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity that brings together veterans and non-veterans in a safe environment to pursue trauma research activities.


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Falk College Announced New Master of Arts in Addiction Studies

To address a growing need for more counselors, healthcare professionals and social services professionals with adequate training and credentialing in alcohol, other drugs and behavioral addictions, Falk College announced the creation of a 36-credit Master of Arts in Addiction Studies degree. The degree program provides students with opportunities to develop broad competencies in preparation for employment in a number of fields addressing alcohol, other drugs and behavioral (process) addictions.


Sam Rodgers

Sam Rodgers Earns ACC Post-Grad Scholarship

Sam Rodgers, a nutrition major in Falk College, is one of three Syracuse student-athletes recognized for his academic and athletic achievements with a post-graduate scholarship from the ACC. Rodgers was an AFCA Good Works Team honoree this season for his work in the community, which includes a pair of mission trips to Haiti with the group Poverty Resolutions. Rodgers was also named a Remembrance Scholar for this academic year at Syracuse, which is one of the highest awards a student at Syracuse University can receive. He will represent Falk College as one of two Class of 2015 marshals. Rodgers, who was previously a CoSida Academic All-America, served as a captain this season and finished his career with the Orange having served as the teams long snapper in every game since his arrival at Syracuse.


Mary Kiernan with Rachel Johnson and Kaylah Wicks

Food studies, nutrition faculty, students participated in NYC James Beard Empire Feast

Falk College food studies chef instructor, Mary Kiernan, cooked for and participated in the James Beard Empire State Feast Event on Feb. 27 at the James Beard House in NYC. Assisting her and the other team chefs were Falk nutrition students, Rachel Johnson and Kaylah Wicks. The Beard Foundation offers events to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster an appreciation of American cuisine. Preparation for the event included recent test run-throughs at Syracuse University’s Falk College teaching kitchens.


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Public health faculty lead GIS workshop for students, community members

On November 24, students, faculty and community members gathered for the first annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Workshop sponsored by Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. David Larsen, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, led the workshop as part of public health professor Sandra Lane’s research work in the area of neighborhood trauma and violence in Syracuse.


Sudha Raj Portrait

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honors nutrition professor Sudha Raj for leadership in service, excellence in practice

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, honored Falk College associate professor of nutrition, Sudha Raj, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, with two awards at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Atlanta October 18-21. Dr. Raj received the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) Leadership in Service Award and the Excellence in Practice Award from the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG.


Luvenia Cowart Photo and Susan Komen Logo

Falk College Faculty Awarded Komen Foundation Grant for Breast Cancer Awareness, Education Programming

Public Health professor of practice, Luvenia Cowart, working with Maria Brown, assistant research professor, School of Social Work, received a $47,293 grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure New York Foundation to support the project, “Breast Cancer Awareness and Education Program for African American Women in Underserved Communities.” The project’s aim is to reduce disparities in breast cancer and its associated health risks, and to promote participation in mammography and early detection services for African American women in the Syracuse community.


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Study Identifies Key Components for Prevention, Intervention Programs for Adolescent Smoking in China

Falk College professors, Ambika Krishnakumar (Child and Family Studies) and Lutchmie Narine (Public Health) authored “Parenting practices and adolescent smoking in mainland China: The mediating effect of smoking-related cognitions,” which appeared in the August 2014 edition of the Journal of Adolescence. In collaboration with Dr. Yan Wang, Drs. Krishnakumar and Narine examined the direct and indirect associations of general and smoking-specific parenting practices with Chinese adolescents' smoking behaviors. Results suggest that parenting practices and smoking-related cognitions are critical components to be incorporated in prevention and intervention programs for adolescent smoking in China.


NSD Faculty Fellows

Nutrition faculty Named Fellows of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

In recognition of professional contributions, Falk College nutrition faculty members Drs. Kay Stearns Bruening, Sudha Raj and Sarah Short, along with long-standing, part-time instructor, Donna Acox, were named Fellows of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. The Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition. Fellows demonstrate the Academy's core values of customer focus, integrity, innovation, and social responsibility. Fellows provide outreach to their communities and grow public trust for Academy members.


Rick Welsh Portrait

Falk Professor to Study Anaerobic Digesters for Small-scale Dairy Farms

Falk College professor of Food Studies, Rick Welsh, and Stefan Grimberg and Shane Rogers, two environmental engineers from Clarkson University, have received a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture to develop educational and outreach materials related to smaller-scale anaerobic digesters.

In the U.S., anaerobic digesters have been seen as larger farm technologies since the more manure produced on a farm, the greater the amount of biogas produced too. This biogas is captured and burned to produce heat that can be used to keep parlors warm or to produce steam to turn a turbine and produce electricity. Excess electricity can be sold.



Welcome to the Department of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition

Rick Welsh serves as the department chair of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition

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College Events

Summer Campus Days for High School Students


The Syracuse University Office of Admissions is hosting Summer Campus Days for prospective undergraduate students.

Dates:    July 24th, 31st
August 7th, 14th
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BMW Child Development Lab School now accepting applications for 2015-16 academic year


Spaces are available in the toddler and preschool classrooms.

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