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Course Description

This course equips students with the principles used for economic analysis of food and nutrition policies around the world. We use the graphical methods taught in standard, one-semester courses on the principles of economics, but our motivation, examples and applications are focused on food and nutrition problems in the United States and elsewhere. On completion, students will be able to obtain the data and apply the analytical methods needed to: (1) explain and predict consumption, production and trade in agriculture and food markets; (2) evaluate the social welfare consequences of market failure, collective action and government policies including regulation, taxation and enforcement of property rights in agriculture and food markets; (3) measure poverty and inequality in income, wealth, nutrition and health, as influenced by changes in markets and policies; and (4) describe macroeconomic relationships, fluctuations and trends in incomes, employment, economic growth and development. 

More information can be found here: https://sites.tufts.edu/foodecon/about

Completion of the Online Economics Primer in advance of the start of the course is optional for students: https://nutrition.tufts.edu/sites/default/files/documents-forms/NUTB238EconomicsPrimerInfo.pdf

This online asynchronous course has a required in-person synchronous component on the Boston campus (Jaharis Center Room 156) referred to as "MNSP Residency." Enrollment cannot remain intact if a student cannot attend the associated in-person synchronous component for the course: https://nutrition.tufts.edu/documents-and-forms/mnsp-person-fall-2023-residency-schedule 

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript - Bachelor's + 3.0 GPA. You will be contacted after registration for required evidence of immunization; please contact lucia.fenney@tufts.edu with any questions regarding immunizations.

Instructor Approval: During registration, you will be asked to explain how you meet the pre-requisites for this course and to describe any relevant experience. The instructor will use this information to confirm your enrollment or will otherwise be in touch with you.

Refund Policy: The refund policy for Courses at Tufts offerings is dependent on the offering type: whether the offering is a course, workshop or short course, or in-demand offering. Please refer to the section details to confirm the type of offering as well as any exceptions to the standard refund policy. The refund policies for each offering type are viewable here: https://universitycollege.tufts.edu/policies/refunds#Courses-at-Tufts-(Academic-Year--Summer-Session)

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Affiliated With:

  • Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy