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Beth Weitzman

Professor, Health and Public Policy

Nutrition and Food Studies


Beth C. Weitzman is 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 has served as Steinhardt's Vice Dean and as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Dr. Weitzman’s research interests focus on policies affecting the urban poor ; 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. Since the late 1980's, Dr. Weitzman has been engaged in research on policies and programs aimed at better meeting the housing, health, and social service needs of homeless families and individuals. Her work on homelessness has received support from the New York City Human Resources Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Dr. Weitzman also 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. More recently, Dr. Weitzman has undertaken research looking at public policies, such as calorie labeling in fast-food restaurants, and the neighborhood context in regard to food and exercise behaviors. 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.


Food Studies

The Food Studies program explores the cultural, historical, and sociological aspects of food and food systems.