Friedman students and alumni are true change-makers across all sectors, both domestically and internationally. Our Career Directions reflect the diversity of these paths and are organized according to primary outcomes of interest, including agricultural sustainability, nutrition policy, human health, research and data analysis, international development, and innovative business. Within each community you’ll find examples of work in diverse roles (service delivery and management, research and data analysis, or communications and advocacy) and in diverse organizations (the public sector, comprised of Federal, state and local government or multinational agencies, private businesses of all sizes, and all kinds of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations). In the many places they are found, Friedman students and alumni share an enthusiasm for and commitment to improving the health and well-being of people and environments world-wide, coupled with a focus on evidence-based interventions that support sustainable change. We encourage you to explore and follow along with any career direction that interests you.
Get to Know Our Career Directions
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
This career direction is geared toward those who want to build sustainable, healthful, and accessible food systems domestically and around the world. Environmental, social, and economic justice are often at the core of their work with food production, marketing, and distribution.
Food & Nutrition Policy
Those who follow this career direction share interests in building policies that support health and nutrition, whether through creating and evaluating preventative health programs, supporting efforts that increase food security and access, analyzing the economic impacts of nutrition policies, or contributing to policy research and advocacy.
Nutrition Interventions & Communication
This career direction caters to those who seek to address the most pressing public health and nutrition challenges facing our communities and people around the globe, whether through direct patient care, public health outreach and education, or translating science for public consumption. Learn More
International Development, Food Security & Humanitarian Response
This career direction is a good fit for those who are interested in leading international development and humanitarian efforts, including aid policy and strategy, program implementation and aid delivery, and research, assessment, and program evaluation.
Biological & Clinical Research
This career direction targets those whose interests lie with the scientific underpinnings of nutrition, including how science and policy interact to form evidence-backed interventions. Work in this area runs the gamut, from academia and government to nonprofits and research institutes.
Epidemiology & Data Sciences
This career direction is designed for those who enjoy working with the design, implementation, and analysis of epidemiologic studies and using population-based data to address nutrition challenges. They take on research and teaching positions in academia, government, and private industry.
Business Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Those who follow this career direction share a commitment to the creative mentality that comes with growing or contributing to new businesses and ideas. In addition to start-ups and innovation hubs, they can be found in consulting, consumer products, schools, restaurants, innovation hubs, company sustainability efforts, DE&I, and more.