Jennifer Otten

Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services

University of Washington
Box 353410

Seattle, WA 98195-


Research Interests

Impacts of public health, nutrition, and food policies and the policy process on health behaviors and health outcomes. Food systems, as it relates to food and nutrition policy. Understanding and improving the ways in which research gets to the public policy table. Exploring the Effects of Wage on the Culture of Health in Early Childhood Education Centers. Seattle Minimum Wage Study.

DEOHS Biography


PhD Animal, Nutrition, and Food Sciences, University of Vermont, 2009

MS Nutrition Communications, Tufts University, 1998

RD Dietetics, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1996

In the News

At least half of child care businesses impacted by Seattle's minimum wage
KING 5, 02/13/2019

Seattle’s minimum wage policy affects child care businesses, some raise tuition or cut jobs
SPH News, 02/11/2019

Food systems, nutrition and health
SPH News, 10/16/2018

Army of UW students descends on Bellevue to identify problems
KUOW, 10/10/2018

National panel of experts says limit low-calorie sodas, stick to water instead
SPH News, 08/13/2018

Washington researcher co-authors American Heart Association advisory on diet soda and health
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, 08/10/2018

UW SPH launches new major in food systems, nutrition and health
SPH News, 07/30/2018

Livable City Year, co-led by DEOHS Assistant Professor Jen Otten, was recognized for its work to improve sustainability and livability in local communities.
UW Sustainability, 05/01/2018

Raising Seattle's Minimum Wage Did Not Increase Supermarket Food Prices
SPH News, 09/25/2017

Road Map to Achieving a Sustainable, Equitable Food System in Washington
SPH News, 09/11/2017