John Mason, PhD
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Rm 2220
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-3987
Fax: (504) 988-3653 


Research Interests:

Public nutrition; policy and program planning; assessment and surveillance


Educational Background:

  • PhD,University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • MA, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • BA, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Professional Achievements:

  • 1996 Lord Boyd Orr Memorial Lecturer, British Nutrition Society
  • 2005, Chair, WHO/UNICEF/SCN informal consultation on community-based management of severe malnutrition in children
  • 2004-5 Chair, Working Group on the impact of OFFP on the situation of the people of Iraq
  • 2003-2005 Team leader and consultant, UNICEF food and nutrition assessment in the Southern African humanitarian emergency and in greater Horn of Africa
  • 2003-4 Lead author, World Bank/NIH chapter in 'Disease Control Priorities'
  • 2001-2002 Consultant and keynote speaker, FAO International Scientific Conference on Measurement and Assessment of Food Deprivation and Undernutrition
  • 2002-present Member, Research Advisory Group, Save the Children, UK
  • 2000-2001 Consultant, World Bank/UNICEF nutrition assessment, Philippines Coordination-Sub-Committee on Nutrition
  • 1992, 2001-2002 Member, FAO Group on Methods of Measurement and Assessment of Undernutrition


Shrimpton R, Mason J. What is more important? Measuring trends in child undernutrition correctly or interpreting them adequately?. Pathog Glob Health. 2012 Aug;106(4):217.

Mason JB, White JM, Heron L, Carter J, Wilkinson C, Spiegel P. Child acute malnutrition and mortality in populations affected by displacement in the Horn of Africa, 1997-2009. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 Mar;9(3):791-806. Epub 2012 Mar 6.

Saldanha LS, Buback L, White JM, Mulugeta A, Mariam SG, Roba AC, Abebe H, Mason JB. Policies and program implementation experience to improve maternal nutrition in Ethiopia. Food Nutr Bull. 2012 Jun;33(2 Suppl):S27-50.

Mason JB, Saldanha LS, Ramakrishnan U, Lowe A, Noznesky EA, Girard AW, McFarland DA, Martorell R. Opportunities for improving maternal nutrition and birth outcomes: synthesis of country experiences. Food Nutr Bull. 2012 Jun;33(2 Suppl):S104-37.

Mason JB, White JM, Heron L, Carter J, Wilkinson C, Spiegel P. “Child acute malnutrition and mortality in opulations affected by displacement in the horn of Africa, 1997-2009. Int J Environ Res Public Health”. 2012 Mar;9(3):791-806. Epub 2012 Mar 6.

J Mason, A Bailes, M Beda-Andourou, N Copeland, T Curtis, M Deitchler, L Foster, M Hensley, P Horjus, C Johnson, A Mendez, M Munoz, J Rivers, and G Vance. Recent trends in malnutrition in developing regions: vitamin A deficiency, anemia, iodine deficiency, and child underweight.  Fd Nutr Bull, 26(1):57-163, March 2005

JBMason, DSanders, PMusgrove, Soekirman, RGalloway. Community Health and Nutrition Programs.  Chapter 56 in 'Disease Control Priorities Project' OUP/World Bank.  Eds: Jameson D, Measham A, Bremer J, Musgrove P. (2006).

Mason J, Bailes A, Mason K, Yambi O, Jonsson U, Hudspeth C, Hailey P,  Brunet D, Mattel P, Kendle A. AIDS, Drought, and Child Malnutrition in Southern Africa.  Public Health Nutrition.  8(6):551-563. (2005) 

The Impact of the Oil-for-Food Programme on the People of Iraq.  Report of an independent Working Group established by the Independent Inquiry Committee (Volcker Committee).  September 7, 2005.

J Rivers, J Mason, E Silvestre, S Gillespie, M Mahy, and R Monasch   Impact of orphanhood on underweight prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Food and Nutrition Bulletin,  March 2008.

Guest Editor, Foreword. Prudhon C, Briend A, Prinzo ZW, Daelmans B, Mason J.  Food Nutr Bull. Vol 27, No 3, Sept 2006: S3-S108. WHO, UNICEF, and SCN Informal Consultation on Community-Based Management of Severe malnutrition in Children.

Mason JB, Chotard S, Bailes A, Mebrahtu S, Hailey P (2010) Impact of drought and HIV on child nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa.  Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31: 3, S209-218. 

Chotard S, Mason JB, Oliphant O,  Mebrahtu S, Hailey P (2010)  Fluctuations in wasting in vulnerable child populations in the Greater Horn of Africa.  Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31: 3, S219-233. 

Mason JB, Chotard C, Cercone E, Dieterich M, Oliphant N, Mebrahtu S, Hailey P (2010) Identifying priorities for emergency intervention from child wasting and mortality estimates in vulnerable areas of the Horn of Africa. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31: 3, S234-247. 

Oliphant N, Mason JB, Doherty T, Tomlinson M, Mann P, Nsibande D, Chopra M, Mebrahtu (2010) The contribution of child health days to improving coverage of periodic interventions in six African countries.  Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31: 3, S248-263. 

Rivers J, Mason JB, Rose D, Eisele TP, Gillespie S, Mahy M, and Monasch R. (2010)  Orphanhood's impact on food security in the high HIV/AIDS context of Blantyre, Malawi. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31: 3, S264-271. 

UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (2010) Sixth Report on the World Nutrition Situation.  Regional trends in malnutrition. UNSCN, c/o  WHO, Geneva. 

Mason JB, Ramirez MA, Fernandez CM, Pedro R, Lloren T, Saldanha L, Deitchler M, Eisele T. (2011) Effects on vitamin A deficiency in children of periodic high-dose supplements and of fortified oil promotion in a deficient area of the Philippines. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2011 Sep;81(5):295-305.


Personal Statement:

John Mason, PhD, Professor in the Department of International Health and Development, works to improve nutrition, particularly of children and women, in developing countries. Starting in nutritional biochemistry, he moved on to research on child health and nutrition in E and W Africa, before joining the Food and Agricultural Organization where he worked on nutritional surveillance and program planning. He then became Director of the Cornell Nutritional Surveillance Program, conducting research and training both in Cornell and overseas; at the same time he co-directed a joint program with UNICEF to promote nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa. Returning to the UN in 1986, he was Technical Secretary of the UN coordinating committee on nutrition (ACC/SCN) based in WHO, where he started the series of UN Reports on the World Nutrition Situation, the Refugee Nutrition Information System, and supervised 15 UN publications on nutrition policy issues. Joining Tulane in 1996, his interests are currently focused on nutrition policy development (notably in Asia, with UNICEF and ADB); on approaches to sustaining community-based programs for nutrition improvement; and micronutrient deficiencies (currently vitamin A and iodine), in terms of epidemiology and prevention. He is the focal point for an inter-university consortium developing the concepts and practice of public nutrition. Prof. Mason teaches Public Nutrition, Policies and Programs (INHL 613); Public Nutrition, Assessment and Advanced Analysis (INHL 709); and Public Nutrition and Health in Complex Emergencies (INHL 615) and co-teaches the core INHL 605.


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