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.)

Working Groups:

Key Project

Medical Nutrition – Terms, Definitions, Regulations & Emerging Good Practices for Economic Evaluation


  • Karen Freijer, PhD, Nutritionist & Nutrition Economist, School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Sheri Volger, MS, Associate Director, Clinical Development Immunology Gastroenterology Janssen R&D, Spring House, PA, USA

Work Products

  1. Nutrition Economics – An Introduction
  2. Medical Nutrition Terminology and Regulations
Your browser is out-of-date

ISPOR recommends that you update your browser for more security, speed and the best experience on ispor.org. Update my browser now