“The work that our International Nutrition group is doing really inspires me. The impact of their research on young children and women in developing countries is unbelievable,” said Jen Foley.
Foley joined our Faculty as Program Coordinator for the International Nutrition Major in July 2013. Her academic and professional background in health, communications and program management lends itself perfectly to this new role.
Foley has a BSc Life Sciences and a BSc Physical and Health Education (’04) from Queens University, as well as a MSc Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She also has experience as a health improvement coordinator at Health Scotland where she worked to change the perception of breastfeeding among young people.
Part of her duties as the Program Coordinator involves overseeing the team’s micronutrient projects, in countries including Rwanda, Zambia, Cameroon and Lao PDR.
“Seventy percent of young children in Rwanda are anaemic. Through our research we’ve been able to show that Micronutrient Powders significantly improve the nutritional status of this vulnerable group,” she said.
She will be responsible for the International Nutrition Major and will coordinate placements with international organizations such as UNICEF and the Helen Keller Institute.
“The International Nutrition Major offers students an international view of human nutrition and food security, and provides them with a unique – and often first – opportunity to work directly with professors on real-world projects,” she said. “On their placements, students will experience what it’s like to partner with UN agencies and other organizations as part of a global effort to minimize the loss of human potential due to malnutrition.”
The Program is currently accepting admissions on a rolling basis. Food, Nutrition and Health students can transfer into the two-year major at any point in their third or fourth year provided they have the necessary pre-requisites.
For more on the International Nutrition Major, visit http://inmajor.landfood.ubc.ca/