Global Malnutrition, Inequality & Non-communicable DiseasesGlobal Malnutrition, Inequality & Non-communicable Diseases

How do we address nutrition and health inequalities of vulnerable groups in a globalized world? Globalization is changing the way we eat, what we eat and may contribute to inequalities in health observed in many countries. Our focus is to address health inequality in multiple ways, but especially for those who may not have access to resources that support health.

Health inequality is described as a difference in health status or distribution of health determinants, resulting in inequitable health among vulnerable groups and placing economic stressors on health care systems. 

​Global Nutrition and Health research and development strategy

Food and nutrition security is one of the major links to reducing health inequalities, as it is key to maintaining a healthy productive life that reduces the risk of non-communicable diseases. Addressing health inequalities within a global perspective requires applied innovative research, integrating socio-economic factors, cultural values, and behavioral and social models.

Project focus 

The Global Nutrition and Health Program (GNH) is committed to finding solutions regarding health inequalities through understanding and implementing ways to address food and nutrition security among vulnerable groups affected by global challenges from local to political scales. 

Inequalities in health can be approached by ensuring everyone has access to good nutrition, acknowledging the cultural, social, economic, political and ecological contexts that shape food practice and food access.  

​A key question is, "How do we create sustainable solutions to reduce food and nutrition insecurity and address nutritional gaps?"

Risk factors for disease have notable socioeconomic and demographic patterning among the disenfranchised, children, women, and ethnic populations.  We support this theme by asking, "How do we specifically address the nutrition and food insecurity needs of vulnerable groups?"

The evolution of food within a global system is also key to understanding nutrition-related behavior.  Contextual factors such as lifeways, sustainability, food policy, and the food supply chain provide opportunities for investigating how food systems can better encourage multi-sectorial partnerships to promote health. Thus, "How do we use the global context to better understand nutrition behaviors?"

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Organisation and partners

The Global Nutrition and Health Program is composed of teaching staff with broad knowledge within health policy, public health nutrition, ethics, food access, food practice, and school pedagogy.

The program's international profile is reflected in collaborative partners, such as Ministries of Health, private sectors, and other academic institutions. One of the key practice partners is the European Region World Health Organization. In 2010, the program was designated as a WHO collaborative center, the only European institution devoted to public health nutrition at the bachelor's level. 


Head of programme Allan Jones