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Welcome to the Program in International Nutrition (PIN) in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. PIN is a network of researchers, graduate students, and alumni connected by their engagement in discovery, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to improve nutrition globally.  This website aims to inform and connect people interested in and participating in PIN by highlighting activities of PIN faculty and students, and updates from our network. Please let us know if you have something to share.

If you would like information on graduate study in nutrition at Cornell, please visit the Division of Nutritional Sciences graduate studies page.

The Program in International Nutrition (PIN) at Cornell University focuses on research, policy and action to improve nutrition and health in low and middle-income countries. The PIN network of research faculty and staff, graduate students, and alumni is connected by engagement in efforts to discover, implement, and evaluate strategies to address immediate and underlying causes of poor nutrition.

PIN research and graduate study activities encompass multiple nutrition-relevant disciplines and range from the molecular to the population level.  We collaborate with international agencies, governments, research and academic institutions, non-government organizations and donors around the world.

Graduate study in the Field of Nutrition at Cornell offers a concentration in international nutrition within the doctoral program in the Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS).

Many PIN activities are designed to support and connect nutrition graduate students with each other, and with faculty in nutrition and across campus.  One example is NS6980, a weekly Seminar in International Nutrition on topics of interest to students and faculty in a range of disciplines related to nutrition and international development. 

Beyond Cornell, the PIN network includes over 270 alumni with graduate, masters and PhD degrees focused on international nutrition research.  Alumni of the program work all over the world with governments, international agencies, donors, non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutes to create and translate nutrition evidence into effective practice. If you are an alum, we’d love to hear from you! Please email us and let us know what you’re up to these days!

Director of the program in international nutrition

Saurabh Mehta, Sc.D.; Associate Professor of Global Health, Epidemiology, and Nutrition; Mehta Research Group

Division of Nutritional Sciences Faculty

  • Julia Finkelstein, M.PH., S.M., Sc.D.; Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition | The Follett Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow
  • John Hoddinott, D.Phi.l; Babcock Professor of Food and Nutrition Economics and Policy
  • Prabhu Pingali, Ph.D.; Professor and Director, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI)
  • Kathleen Rasmussen, Sc.D.; The Nancy Schlegel Meinig Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • David Sahn, Ph.D.; International Professor of Economics in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Economic

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  • Rachel Bezner Kerr, Ph.D, Professor of Global Development at Cornell University

Emeritus and Graduate School Faculty

  • Jere Haas, Ph.D.; Nancy Schlegel Meinig Professor Emeritus of Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • Jean-Pierre Habicht, Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus
  • Malden Nesheim, Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus, Provost Emeritus, former director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences
  • David Pelletier, Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus of Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Affairs, and International Development
  • Gretel Pelto, Ph.D.; Visiting Professor
  • Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Ph.D.; Emeritus Babcock Professor of Food and Nutrition Economics and Policy
  • Rebecca Stoltzfus, Ph.D. '92; Professor Emeritus

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