Distinguished Professor of Public Health
City University of New York, School of Public Health and Health Policy
United States of America
Nicholas Freudenberg is Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, where he also directs the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. For the last 40 years, he has developed and evaluated polices and programs to improve population health and reduce health inequities in New York City and elsewhere. His recent book Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption and Protecting Public Health(Oxford, 2015) examines the health and social impact of business practices such as marketing and retail distribution and political practices such as lobbying and litigation of multinational corporations in six sectors: food and beverages, firearms, automobiles, alcohol, pharmaceuticals and tobacco. He has also worked with young people in East and Central Harlem to design and launch local countermarketing campaigns against unhealthy food. Freudenberg has published more than 150 articles and reports on a variety of topics including corporate practices and health, urban health, social movements and health and strategies to improve urban food environments. His work has been supported by the National institutes of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control, the New York City Department of Health, the Open Society Institute, the Robert wood Johnson Foundation and others. He is also the founder and director of Corporations and Health Watch , a global network of scholars and activists focused on the impact of corporate practices on health.