An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health

An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health is an online course offered by Johns Hopkins University. This course offers an introduction to the U.S. Food System and how food production practices and what we choose to eat impacts the world we live in. Key historical and political factors that have helped shape the current food system will also be discussed. Lectures from different disciplines, including public health, policy, and agriculture, will also provide individuals with different perspectives on the food system in the U.S. Topics covered in this course include food security, food system sustainability and resilience, food animal production, and food and farm policies. This beginner level course is 6-weeks long and requires 4 to 6 hours a week to complete all course materials. Each module consists of a series of videos and readings, with weekly quizzes to gauge individual’s understanding of the material. In addition, individuals will be required to complete a peer review written assignment. Those who pass all graded assignments will complete the course.

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