Food & Nutrition

These faculty focus on food access, food quality, food safety, eating patterns...


Silvia Balbo, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Environment & exposures, food & nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, DNA damage, mass spectrometry, exposome, cancer, analytical chemistry, metabolism

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Jeff Bender, DVM, MS
Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

An internationally recognized expert on diseases at the human-animal interface. Areas of expertise: Epidemiology, infection control and prevention, designing and evaluating surveillance programs, risk communication, and development of educational and outreach programs.

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Simone French, PhD
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Environment & exposure, equity, food & nutrition, mother & children, food policy, food environment, low income food access, food behavior, physical activity, obesity prevention, community interventions 

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Linda Bane Frizzell, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Frizzell has been honored to be a tribal technical advisor for health care and services policy for over 29 years. She has extensive experience in working with countless tribes across the nation to enhance their infrastructures and assist in their quest for self-determination. She was chosen to be in the first class of Rural Health Fellows, a program initiated by the Office of Rural Health Policy and served as technical adviser and writer for the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (P.L. 94-437 as amended).

She currently serves on the national Office of Minority Heath’s Advisory Committee, Governing Board of the Minneapolis Indian Health Board; Global Health Faculty Associate; and an Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.

She developed six classes in American Indian Health and Wellness; and an American Indian Graduate Minor and a Regents Certificate for American Indian Public Health and Wellness. She also teaches and provides presentations on tribal public health and wellness.

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Sarah Gollust, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Equity, politics, public opinion, communication, media 

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Lisa Harnack, DrPH, RD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Food & nutrition, obesity prevention, dietary assessment, nutritional epidemiology, food & nutrient databases, nutrition surveillance, public health nutrition

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Craig Hedberg, PhD
Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Environment & exposures, food & nutrition, infectious disease, foodborne disease, surveillance, outbreak investigation, exposure assessment, food safety, epidemiology, public health preparedness, public health practice 

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David Jacobs, PhD
Mayo Professor of Public Health

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic disease, environment & exposures, equity, food & nutrition, genetics, infectious disease, injuries, methods, chronic disease epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition, physical activity, smoking, biomarkers, subclinical disease

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Byeonghwa Jeon, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Stress tolerance in foodborne pathogens, antibiotic resistance, antimicrobial adjuvants, molecular microbiology

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Melissa Laska, PhD, RD
Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Equity, food & nutrition, public health nutrition, obesity prevention, food environment, food access, healthy food retail, nutrition policy, food security

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Chap Le, PhD
Distinguished Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Chronic diseases, environment & exposures, tobacco, smoking, cessation, health care policy, global health

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Jennifer Linde, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Food & Nutrition, obesity intervention, eating disorders, equity, mental health, assessment

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Pamela Lutsey, PhD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, equity, cardiovascular disease, sleep, pharamcoepidemiology, dementia

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Richard MacLehose, PhD
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Environment & exposures, equity, food & nutrition, methods, bias analysis, bayesian methods, causal inference

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Toben Nelson, ScD
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Food & nutrition, injuries, methods, alcohol, physical activity, substance use, social epidemiology, policy, sport, prevention, motor vehicle safety

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Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH
Professor and Division Head

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Food & nutrition, mental health, mother & children, adolescent health, nutrition, obesity, eating disorders, body image

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Mark Pereira, PhD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Chronic diseases, food & nutrition, genetics, exercise, nutrition, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, physical activity, epidemiology 

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Nancy Sherwood, PhD
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Obesity prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, food & nutrition, chronic diseases, intervention design

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Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Food & nutrition, mother & children, women's health, maternal and child health nutrition, gestational diabetes, maternal weight gain, pre-pregnancy obesity

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Lyn Steffen, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, nutrition epidemiology, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, diet assessment, diet patterns, nutrition in older adults, dietary intake and health, fatty acids & CVD.

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Gillian Tarr, PhD, CPH
Assistant Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

infectious disease epidemiology, foodborne infections, enteric infections, zoonoses, molecular epidemiology

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Julian Wolfson, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Chronic diseases, food & nutrition, infectious disease, methods, causal inference, machine learning, variable selection, risk prediction, HIV/AIDS

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