Kumar Chandran, Share Our Strength

Kumar Chandran Tufts University Alumnus PHPD

“The analytical skills I gained through coursework at Tufts are invaluable to my daily work.”

Program Manager, No Kid Hungry campaign, Share Our Strength
MS-Nutrition/MPH combined degree program, 2007
MPH concentration, Health Services Management and Policy

Tell us about your current job.
Job Title: Program Manger, No Kid Hungry Organization Name: Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit working to ensure that our nation's children get the nutrition they need to live healthy, active lives. That is why Share Our Strength’s highest priority is to make sure that every child in America gets the nutritious food he or she needs to learn, grow and thrive. We are doing this by improving the access that families all across the country have to healthy, affordable food and by working at the state and city level. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign works in 18 states and cities across the country to ensure that children have the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play. At Share Our Strength, I work on the No Kid Hungry campaign as a member of the Center for Best Practices. In this role, I work with a portfolio of states and cities across the country to develop and share the best strategies for fighting child hunger and improving participation in federal nutrition programs.

What inspired you to pursue an MPH in your area of specialization?
During graduate school, I was interested in better understanding the policy levers available to influence public health and improve people's lives. Because I was in the joint degree program with the Friedman school where I was studying food and nutrition policy, I decided to focus on health policy with my MPH degree.

What drew you to the Tufts Program?
The combined MS/MPH program was attractive in that it allowed me to pursue two fields of study that were complementary, but only required an extra semester of course work.

How did your Tufts degree help prepare you to work in the field (or what were the highlights of your Program)?
The analytical skills gained during course work at Tufts are invaluable to my daily work. Analyzing today's complex nutrition and food concerns require an interdisciplinary, multi-dimsensional approach. Public health school provides great preparation for that type of analysis.

What advice do you have for prospective students?
Take advantage of opportunities to get out of the classroom and see public health at work. And, your classmates will be an invaluable support for you once you graduate - so, get to know as many as you can.