Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health


Beth C. Weitzman

Vice Dean and Professor of Health and Public Policy

Beth C. Weitzman


Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi


Beth C. Weitzman is Vice Dean and Professor of Health and Public Policy at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.  Prior to her joining the Steinhardt School in 2009, Dr. Weitzman spent more than 20 years on the faculty at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School. 

Dr.  Weitzman’s research interests focus on urban policies affecting poor families and their children; she has evaluated a range of programs aimed at meeting their health, social service, housing, and educational needs.  Dr. Weitzman brings to her research extensive experience in program evaluation and in primary data collection.  She conducted more than a decade of research on homeless families, beginning in the late 1980’s, with funding from New York City’s Human Resources Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.  More recently, Dr. Weitzman directed the national evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Urban Health Initiative which won the 2010 Outstanding Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association.  Current research includes evaluations of a program integrating supportive housing with medical case management services and of policies requiring calorie labeling in fast-food restaurants. Her work has been published in such journals as the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and the American Journal of Evaluation, where she serves on the editorial board. 


Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. in Public Administration New York University 1987
    Fields: Policy Analysis, Organizational & Managerial Analysis, Health Policy Honors: Sterling D. Spero Dissertation Award
  • Masters in Public Administration New York University 1980
    Honors: NYU Tuition Scholarship; Presidential Management Internship Program ? Finalist; Herbert H. Lehman Fellowship; NYU Alumnae Award
  • A.B. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 1978
    Honors: General and Departmental Honors in Sociology