Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (also called the Friedman School) at Tufts University brings together biomedical, clinical, social, and behavioral scientists to conduct research, educational, and community service programs in the field of human nutrition. Founded in 1981, the school's mission is to improve the nutritional well-being of people worldwide through research and teaching. The Friedman School is one of the eight schools that currently comprise Tufts University. Although originally split between the university's Medford/Somerville campus and the health sciences campus in Boston, almost all of the school's facilities and programs now share the health sciences campus with the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine. The Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutrition Research, which opened in 2002, houses most of the Nutrition School. The school currently enrolls over 200 Masters and Doctoral students.
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in nutrition and, in conjunction with the Frances Stern Center of the Tufts-New England Medical Center, a coordinated Master of Science/Dietetic Internship. The school also currently has dual degree programs with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine, as well as a joint degree program (MALD/MS) with the Fletcher School. The Friedman School is closely associated with, although administratively separate from, the Jean Meyer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRC).
Organization and faculty
The Friedman School is under the supervision of a dean, appointed by the president and the provost, with the approval of the Trustees of Tufts College (the university's governing board). The dean has responsibility for the overall administration of the school, including faculty appointments, curriculum, admissions and financial aid, student affairs, development, and facilities. During 2011-13, the school is being led by an interim dean, Robin Kanarek, professor in Tufts' psychology department. She replaced outgoing dean Eileen Kennedy who served from September 2004 to June 2011. The Dean for Academic Affairs since August 2005 has been Patrick Webb.
As of July 2011 there are 83 faculty members, of whom about half have full-time appointments in the school. The remaining faculty members hold joint appointments with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, the School of Medicine, or in Arts and Sciences. Faculty members at the Nutrition School hold the ranks of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor. The school was founded and grew to nearly its present size using renewable term appointments, and obtained its first tenured full-time faculty member in 2010.