Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

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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 schools 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 universitys Medford/Somerville campus and the health sciences campus in Boston, almost all of the schools 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 is under the supervision of a dean, appointed by the president and the provost, with the approval of the Trustees of Tufts College (the universitys 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 2011-14, the school was 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. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and epidemiologist, was appointed dean of the Friedman School in 2014, assuming the post on July 1 of that year. 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.