School of Nursing and Health Studies

Tyler Watson, Affiliate Instructor

Tyler Watson, PhD, MPH
Affiliate Instructor 

Tyler Watson has been a program director of experiential learning at the UW School of Public Health where he conducts research to better understand high-impact practices (e.g., service learning, capstones, e-portfolios) and improve “experiential equity” among all students. As a graduate student researcher at UCLA he has coordinated and evaluated interdisciplinary campus health projects for the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative and the UC Global Food Initiative. He has taught in the areas of biological sciences and environmental science, including the creation of an undergraduate course Farm to Fork: The U.S. Food System and Public Health.


Tyler is passionate about food systems and college student health and development. His scholarship has been focused on college student food insecurity and strategies to better understand and address student food access and food literacy. His research has also aimed to assess the public health impacts of urban agriculture and local food policy. More recently, his work has aimed to understand the student perspective of high-impact educational experiences that often define students’ academic and career paths.


UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Los Angeles, CA
  • Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences. Dissertation: Emerging Topics in Food Insecurity: An Assessment of University Student Food Access and Urban
    Agriculture in Los Angeles.
  • Food Studies Graduate Certificate 
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Los Angeles, CA
  • M.P.H., Environmental Health Sciences. Report: Screening for Cumulative Impacts in California Environmental Justice Communities.
  • Leaders in Sustainability Graduate Certificate 
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
  • B.S., Biological Sciences



Courses Taught

  • Pathways to Health Studies