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Melissa  Young

Asst Professor

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Global Health

Dr. Melissa Young is an Assistant Professor at Emory University who is a leader in the areas of maternal and child nutrition, breastfeeding, anemia, micronutrient deficiencies and program implementation and evaluation. She has training in human nutrition, epidemiology, community nutrition and applied economics. Dr. Young’s experience ranges across the spectrum from biochemical/clinical nutrition to implementation research and design and evaluation of public health nutrition programs and policies. She is currently working on projects in India, Vietnam, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Cambodia.  She has a strong track record of publishing in leading journals  and obtaining external grant awards. The central theme that ties Dr. Young’s research together is a focus on nutrition during the first 1000 days, a critical window of opportunity to improve child health for lifetime. Dr. Young’s goal is to help train the next generation of nutrition professionals and public health experts and to provide effective evidence-based guidance to improve global maternal and child nutrition programs and policies.

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Contact Information

1518 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-1529


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Areas of Interest

  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition


  • Bachelor of Science 2006, Iowa State University
  • Ph.D 2011, Cornell University

Courses Taught

  • GH 546: Maternal And Child Nutrition
  • GH 552: Globl Elimination Malnutrition


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