NEHA KHANDPUR, MS
SD student, Department of Nutrition
Nutrition science was a new academic focus in India a decade ago, when Neha began her undergraduate studies there. After receiving her MS in nutrition, physical activity, and public health from the University of Bristol (U.K.), Neha worked with the Public Health Foundation of India, where she was involved with several research projects that included substantial engagement with the national health system.
As the inaugural recipient of the Prajna Chair’s Scholarship in Public Health Nutrition at HSPH, Neha is examining the environmental factors that affect obesity. She is also involved with the school’s Psychology of Eating & Consumer Health (PEACH) Lab and is looking at the effect of nutrition labeling on food portion sizes. Neha spent a summer working on integrating an obesity prevention curriculum into an existing program run by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that targeted a diverse group of new and soon-to-be mothers.
Neha sees collaboration as a strength of the HSPH experience. She has taken an interdisciplinary course offered jointly with Harvard Law School that raised important issues about policy, nutrition, and public health, and she served as a teaching assistant. She is also coinvestigator on a grant to study the role of fathers in child feeding and childhood obesity prevention.