Diego Rose, PhD, MPH, RD


Nutrition Program Director
Diego Rose

Education & Affiliations

PhD, Agricultural economics, University of California, Berkeley
MPH, Public health nutrition, University of California, Berkeley,
BS, Nutritional sciences, University of California, Berkeley,


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.  Dr. Rose has served as a consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme. 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.

Research Areas

  • Socioeconomic determinants of nutrition
  • Food and nutrition policy
  • Food access, security, and sustainability

Honors & Awards

  • 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


Please view Dr. Rose's publications at his NCBI profile page.


SBPS 6750 Population Nutrition Assessment
SBPS 6770 Food and Nutrition Policy