Winter 2017

A Plan for Action

A message from the dean of the Friedman School.

I am delighted to announce the launch of the Friedman School’s new strategic plan.

Over the past 18 months, we have engaged our global community of stakeholders, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, friends, partners and others, in discussions about the greatest challenges and opportunities in the world of nutrition today.

We identified our key strengths and competitive advantages, as well as areas with the greatest promise for the future. From this, we created our new strategic plan, which details how we will focus our strengths and further build our capacity to attain ambitious yet achievable goals over the next five years.

Our vibrant mission is to produce trusted science, future leaders and real-world impact in nutrition science and policy.

With 14 goals across eight strategic aims, our plan for action will guide, strengthen and inspire our efforts toward positive change in our community, across the United States and around the world. From nourished children, families and communities to sustainable food environments, from discovery and entrepreneurship to foundational initiatives, our plan outlines where and how we will maintain and expand our leadership.

In addition to cutting-edge investigations and education, we aim to integrate principles of social justice, inclusion and diversity across the school’s courses, research, student experiences and partnerships; further establish our position as a trusted voice in nutrition; and launch an institutional strategy and structure for advocacy, policy change and public impact.

While this document represents the culmination of 18 months of intensive effort, we know that our plan is best considered a living, evolving road map. In the coming months and years, we will finalize and implement the specific actions for each goal, develop and evaluate the corresponding metrics to assess progress, and seek additional input and apply course corrections, as needed, to ensure success. You can follow our progress at

Our strategic-planning process identified our strong school community as one of our unique strengths. You are part of that community, and I look forward to working together to address the complex nutrition challenges—and harness the remarkable opportunities—facing our country and the world.

Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H.

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