Diego Rose-1


Donald (Diego) Rose, PhD
Professor, Head of Nutrition Section
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2301
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-5742
Fax: (504) 988-3540

Research Interests:

Socioeconomic determinants of nutrition; food and nutrition policy; food security


Educational Background:

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, agricultural economics
  • MPH, University of California, Berkeley, public health nutrition
  • BS, University of California, Berkeley, nutritional sciences

Courses Taught:

  • Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring
  • Food and Nutrition Policy

Professional Achievements:

  • 2014, Tulane President's Award for Excellence in Professional and Graduate Teaching
  • 2011, Paper chosen as one of the "Best of Clinical Nutrition" by American Society of Nutrition
  • 2008, Best paper of the year award from Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
  • 2005, Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society Inductee
  • 2000, South African Medical Research Council's Distinguished Visiting Scientist Grant
  • 1996, USDA/ERS Special Award for leadership on economic analysis of domestic food security
  • 1995, USDA Group Honor Award for excellence in analysis of food assistance policy

Selected Publications:

View Dr. Rose's publications at his NCBI profile page.

Personal Statement:

Diego Rose's research explores the social and economic side of nutrition problems, with a focus on nutrition assistance programs, food security, and the food environment. He has studied disparities in access to healthy food in New Orleans and has developed a framework for how the neighborhood retail food environment influences dietary choices and obesity. His latest research projects examine: grass-roots efforts to improve healthy food access in New Orleans; and the environmental impacts of U.S. dietary choices.  He teaches Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring and Food and Nutrition Policy. Prior to joining the faculty at Tulane, he worked for USDA’s Economic Research Service on domestic food assistance policy and in Mozambique and South Africa on food security and nutrition. He began his nutrition career as the director of a local agency WIC nutrition program in a farmworker clinic in rural California. Dr. Rose has served as a consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme. He has served on the National Research Council panel to review USDA’s food security measurement, on the Institute of Medicine’s committee on childhood obesity prevention actions for local governments, and has advised on other National Academies projects related to food security and public health.


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