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Washington, D.C.: Nutrition, Health, and Foodways of African Americans

Graduate Study Abroad

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African Americans are diagnosed earlier and have higher rates of obesity, hypertension, and a number of other chronic conditions compared with most other ethnic groups. As a group, African Americans also have dietary patterns that are less consistent with dietary recommendations. Was that always the case? What are the root causes of these disparities? We will explore the history of nutrition, health, and foodways of African Americans and how that history can inform how we address disparities in research and in practice.

Our explorations will take us to the National Museum for African American History and Culture and Mount Vernon or Monticello, among other places. We will also learn about current research in African American health and social justice from colleagues at the National Institutes of Health and George Washington University.


Washington, D.C.

Program Dates:

Travel component: to be announced

Required pre- and post-travel class meetings: to be announced

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Related Areas of Study:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Studies
  • Global Public Health

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions to apply.


Students register for a total of 3 credits and take the following course:

  • NUTR-GE 2115, Section 095 (Class # TBC) - International Issues in Nutrition (3 credits)

Offered through the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies.

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.


  • Steinhardt Overseas* Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) - TBC
  • Graduate Overseas* Registration and Services Fees - TBC
  • Housing Fee - TBC
  • Activity Fee - TBC
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBC

*Please note that the "overseas" designation is a way for the Bursar's Office to indicate that this is a Global course. The tuition and registration fees are still charged at the same standard per-credit graduate rate as for other Washington Square-based courses.

NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees are set for the current academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the current term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online Cost of Living tools on websites such as NumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.

Learn about graduate study abroad scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Travel: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights or train tickets.

Documentation: Students must travel with a valid government-issued I.D. (e.g., NYS Driver's License) to board their flight/train and enter local buildings and facilities, and their school ID to enter local NYU facilities. Students may opt to travel with their passport as an alternative.

Helpful links: Center for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide (Washington, DC)NYU Washington (D.C.)

Weather: In Washington D.C., March temperatures tend to be similar to New York, with temperatures usually ranging between the mid 30's and 50's (Fahrenheit). 

Pre-Departure Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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