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Public Policy and Obesity Research

Course Description

Obesity is a large, pressing public health problem in the United States and the globe. In contrast to some other public health problems, we have yet to truly establish population-level solutions, though increasing attention is being given to the policy aspects of obesity prevention This is a very new field, and much of the research is contradictory, not well interpreted by the media or policy makers, and generally is sparse, relative to some other fields (like smoking policy).  In this half-semester course we will explore the research aspects of obesity policy, and delve into detail on a number of key policies, including those related to access, marketing, schools, pricing, information and benefit design.

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