Nicholas Freudenberg

Distinguished Professor
Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
Community Health and Social Sciences
(646) 364-9604
Nicholas Freudenberg is Distinguished Professor of Public Health at City University of New York School of Public Health and Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute (
His research examines the impact of food and social policies on urban food environments and health inequalities. The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute applies interdisciplinary methods to study the role of the food sector in workforce and community development, evaluate urban food programs and policies, and identify innovative intersectoral approaches to reducing food insecurity and diet-related diseases in urban settings. Freudenberg is also founder and director of Healthy CUNY, a university-wide initiative to improve the health of CUNY’s 274,000 students in order to support their academic success. His most recent book Lethal but Legal Corporations, Consumption and Protecting Public Health (Oxford, 2014 and 2016) examines how the business and political practices of the food, alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical, automobile and firearms industries contribute to the global rise of non-communicable diseases and injuries. Freudenberg was founder and first director of the CUNY School of Public Health’s Doctor of Public Health program. For the past 35 years, he has worked to plan, implement and evaluate health policies and programs to improve living conditions and reduce health inequalities in low income communities in New York City and elsewhere.
DPH in from Columbia University, New York, NY
MPH in from Columbia University, New York, NY
BS in from CUNY Hunter College, New York, NY
Research Interests
urban food policy, corporate practices and health, social determinants of health inequalities, urban health, interactions between public policies and community interventions