Description: This course will explore the process of developing policies in low- and middle-income countries that are targeted at altering the nature and functioning of food systems. We will assess policy contexts, stakeholders' priorities, the translation of policies into programs, and the impacts of policies on nutrition and health outcomes.
Course Goals: During this course, students will:
1) read and critically analyze food systems policy analysis and policy case studies;
2) practice communicating critical analysis of research and policies through formal presentations;
3) facilitate in-class discussion amongst peers;
4) practice designing and developing policy case studies that involve critical analysis of the policy process;
5) practice receiving constructive feedback from peers and incorporating it into theoretical thinking and writing; and
6) provide respectful and thoughtful feedback to their peers.
Competencies: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1) understand definitions, concepts, and principles related to the policy process, the formation of food systems policies globally, and their impacts on nutritional outcomes relevant to public health;
2) analyze and critically evaluate food systems policies;
3) apply and synthesize evidence to design and develop policy recommendations for food systems change that have direct relevance to public health nutrition;
4) communicate clearly and effectively through oral presentations and discussions with diverse peers; and
5) engage in respectful dialogue with those of differing viewpoints and backgrounds.