To develop a systematic approach or specific methodology for the assessment of nutrition in outcomes research.


Nutrition economics, as the name implies, is the merging of the nutrition and health economics disciplines to assess the impact of nutrition on health and disease and to illustrate the health and economic aspects of specific changes in the daily nutrition and nutrition recommendations through the lens of cost effectiveness. Nutrition economics is defined as "a discipline dedicated to researching and characterizing health and economic outcomes in nutrition for the benefit of society" [1].

This rising research field focuses on the interdependency between nutritional habits, health, and public expenses. It supports nutrition, health economics, and health policy development in an evidence- and health benefit-based manner [1]. It will increase the understanding of nutrition's impact on health outcomes and of its absolute and relative monetary effect.

(Excerpted from: Nutrition Economics: An Introduction published in ISPOR CONNECTIONS 2014;4:10-11.)


Tricia Johnson, PhD, DPhil

Rush University
Oak Park, IL, United States

Moreno Perugini, MS, MBA, BSc

Oak Park, IL, United States

Karen Freijer, PhD, BSc

General Manager at Partnership Overweight Netherlands (PON), Erasmus University
Rotterdam, ZH, Netherlands

Working Groups:

Key Project

Comparing coverage and reimbursement policies for Medical Nutrition technologies in key markets: Are we ready for a new approach?


  • Moreno Perugini, MBA, MPH, Nestle Health Science, Oak Park, IL, USA

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