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Nicholas Freudenberg
Position: Distinguished Professor, Public Health and Social/Personality Psychology
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: 212-396-7738
Degrees/Diplomas: Doctor of Public Health , Columbia University
Research Interests: Public health policy, community health interventions, incarceration and health, impact of corporate practices on health

Primary Teaching Areas

Social determinants of urban health, public health policy, public health advocacy, food policy, corporate practices and health

Books Titles & Chapters

Freudenberg N.  Lethal but Legal. Corporations, Consumption and Protecting Public Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 

Freudenberg N, Silver M (Student) and the Good Food Jobs Research Team. Jobs for a Healthier Diet and a Stronger Economy: Opportunities for Creating New Good Food Jobs in New York City. New York: New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, 2013.
Freudenberg N. Commentary: Reducing inequalities in child obesity in developed nations: What do we know? What can we do? Revista Portuguesa de Saude Publica 2013; 31(1): 115-122.

Freudenberg N, Loureiro MI. Engaging municipalities in community capacity building for childhood obesity control in urban settings. Family Practice 2012, Suppl 1:i24-30.

Freudenberg N. Campaigns to change health-damaging corporate practices.  In The Bottom Line or Public Health Tactics corporations use to influence health and healthy policy, and what we can do counter them. W. Wiist, editor.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.  pp. 423-450.

Minkler M, Freudenberg N.  From Community-Based Participatory Research to Policy Change in  Fitzgerald HE, Burack C, Seifer S. eds.  Volume Two, Handbook of Engaged Scholarship. Michigan State University Press, 2010.                   

Freudenberg N, Galea S.  The Impact of corporate practices on health and health policy.  in Cohen, L, Chavez V, Chehimi S, eds.  Prevention Is Primary: Strategies for Community Well Being. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010, pp181-204

Freudenberg N, Klitzman S, Saegert S.eds. Urban Health and Society: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research and Practice. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 2009. (and lead author on two chapters)

Freudenberg N, Ramaswamy M. The Impact of Incarceration on the Health of African-Americans", in Health Issues in the Black Community (Third Edition), R Braithwaite, S Taylor and H Treadwell, editors, San Francisco:Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Freudenberg N. Health research behind bars: A brief guide to research in jails and prisons. in Greifinger, Robert (Ed.), Public Health Behind Bars From Prisons to Communities. Springer, 2008.

Ramaswamy M, Freudenberg N. Health Promotion in Jails and Prisons: An Alternative Paradigm for Correctional Health Services in Greifinger, Robert (Ed.), Public Health Behind Bars From Prisons to Communities. Springer, 2008.

Themba-Nixon M, Minkler M, Freudenberg N. The Role of Community Based Participatory Research in Policy Advocacy. in Minkler M, Wallerstein, N. eds, Community based Participatory Research from Process to Outcomes, San Francisco Jossey-Bass, 2008, pp 307-322.

Freudenberg N, Galea S. Corporate Practices. In Galea S., editor, Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health, Springer, 2007(in press) pp. 67-100.             

Freudenberg N, Galea S, Vlahov D. eds. Cities and the Health of the Public. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2006.

Freudenberg N and Klitzman S, "Teaching Urban Health" in S.Galea and D. Vlahov (Eds.), Handbook of Urban Health, Springer Verlag, 2005.

Schulz AJ, Freudenberg N, Daniels, J. Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in Public Health Interventions. Gender, Race, Class and Health: Intersectional Approaches Schulz AJ, Mullings L. eds. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons, 2005.

Freudenberg N, Rogers M, Ritas C, Nerney M. Policy Analysis and Advocacy: An Approach to Community-Based Participatory Research in Israel B et al, eds. Methods for Community Based Participatory Research . Jossey Bass, 2005.

Selected Publications

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Corporations and Health Watch, A website for researchers, public health professionals and advocates concerned about reducing harmful impactof corporate practices ion health

President, 2006-2007, Public Health association of New York City

Curriculum Vitae


  • BS, Hunter College
  • Masters in Public Health, Columbia University
  • Doctor of Public Health , Columbia University