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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 how we can better understand the degree to which public policies affect the lives of Americans, especially the urban poor.  She has evaluated a range of programs and policies aimed at meeting people's health, social service, housing, and educational needs. Dr. Weitzman brings to her research extensive experience in research methods, program evaluation and primary data collection. Over the years, 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, improving health and safety for youth living in large and distressed American cities, and creating a more healthful food environment.  Recent support for her work has come from the New York State Health Foundation, New York City Health and Hospitals, and the National Institutes of Health.   Her national evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Urban Health Initiative won the 2010 Outstanding Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association. 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.

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