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Food Safety

Graduate Certificate

Online

Course Delivery

12

Total Credits

$10,464

Tuition

1.5 years

Minimum Duration


Program Overview


The demand for professionals with expertise in food safety science is growing rapidly. Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Food Safety complete three core science courses centered on foodborne pathogens, toxicology, and epidemiology plus one approved food safety-related elective. These courses are available to concurrent graduate students or to Lifelong Education students. The certificate courses are immediately applicable to students current positions while, at the same time, preparing them for future leadership roles within food regulation and industry.

Why this certificate program?

    • Obtain a transcript certificate from an accredited Big Ten institution
    • Fully online, asynchronous study
    • Designed for mid-career/mid-management working professionals who are not seeking a degree
    • Consists of four 3-credit courses to equal a 12-credit hour program
    • Average time to certificate = 4 semesters or 16 months
    • Accredited through: Michigan State University, Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association, AVMA Council on Education (COE) through the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Affiliate of the Professional Science Masters 

    Program Outcomes


    After this program, students will:

    • Develop a deeper understanding of core food safety sciences including food borne microbiology, toxicology, & epidemiology
    • Lead food safety efforts to address new concerns such as allergens, preventive controls, food packaging, emerging food borne pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, and food safety culture
    • Solve food safety problems by identifying effective and efficient processes in an ever-changing food safety industry 

    Career Outlook


    Graduates of our program typically move up or on in their respective field. Most of the people pursuing this certificate work in industry and others work in government or military positions and are non-degree seeking.

    Titles of Certificate in Food Safety alumni include:

    • Quality and Regulatory Compliance Director
    • Food Safety Manager
    • SQF Coordinator
    • Quality Manager
    • Staff Veterinarian
    • Senior Scientist

     

    A Top-Ranked Education

    • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
    • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

     

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    Dr. Patty Weber

    Director of Food Safety Online Program

    Dr. Patty Weber has worked on the MSU campus for 30+ years. She is passionate about both teaching and research and numerous undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from Dr. Weber’s guidance as a research project mentor or a graduate committee member.

    Course Information

     

    Core

    VM 811 - Evolution and Ecology of Foodborne Pathogens (3 Credits)

    VM 812 - Food Safety Toxicology (3 Credits)

    VM 831 - Foodborne Disease Epidemiology (3 Credits)

     

    Elective

    Choose three credits of the following:

    VM 814 - Packaging for Food Safety (3 Credits)

    VM 821 - Food Protection & Defense (3 Credits)

    VM 824 - Global Food Safety (3 Credits)

    VM 825 - Quantifying Food Risk (3 Credits)

    VM 827 - FSMA/HACCP (3 Credits)

    VM 834 - Current Issues in Food Safety (1-9 Credits)

    VM 840 - Anti-Counterfeit Strategy & Product Protection (3 Credits)

     

     

    Admissions Requirements


    To be accepted to this program, you must have:

    • A bachelor's degree
    • 3 letters of recommendation. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
    • Official transcripts from all previous schools
    • Current résumé or CV

    To apply to this program:


    • Complete a university graduate application.
    • Transcripts should come directly from the academic institution and must arrive in a sealed, official envelope.

     

    Key Dates

    Fall

    Application Deadline

    May 15th

    Spring

    Application Deadline

    September 15th

    Summer

    Application Deadline

    January 15th

     

     

    Tuition & Fees

     

    In-State Tuition
    Out-of-State Tuition
    $10,464
    $10,464

     

    The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

    Program Overview


    The demand for professionals with expertise in food safety science is growing rapidly. Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Food Safety complete three core science courses centered on foodborne pathogens, toxicology, and epidemiology plus one approved food safety-related elective. These courses are available to concurrent graduate students or to Lifelong Education students. The certificate courses are immediately applicable to students current positions while, at the same time, preparing them for future leadership roles within food regulation and industry.

    Why this certificate program?

      • Obtain a transcript certificate from an accredited Big Ten institution
      • Fully online, asynchronous study
      • Designed for mid-career/mid-management working professionals who are not seeking a degree
      • Consists of four 3-credit courses to equal a 12-credit hour program
      • Average time to certificate = 4 semesters or 16 months
      • Accredited through: Michigan State University, Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association, AVMA Council on Education (COE) through the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Affiliate of the Professional Science Masters 

      Program Outcomes


      After this program, students will:

      • Develop a deeper understanding of core food safety sciences including food borne microbiology, toxicology, & epidemiology
      • Lead food safety efforts to address new concerns such as allergens, preventive controls, food packaging, emerging food borne pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, and food safety culture
      • Solve food safety problems by identifying effective and efficient processes in an ever-changing food safety industry 

      Career Outlook


      Graduates of our program typically move up or on in their respective field. Most of the people pursuing this certificate work in industry and others work in government or military positions and are non-degree seeking.

      Titles of Certificate in Food Safety alumni include:

      • Quality and Regulatory Compliance Director
      • Food Safety Manager
      • SQF Coordinator
      • Quality Manager
      • Staff Veterinarian
      • Senior Scientist

       

      A Top-Ranked Education

      • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
      • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

       

      thumbnail

      Dr. Patty Weber

      Director of Food Safety Online Program

      Dr. Patty Weber has worked on the MSU campus for 30+ years. She is passionate about both teaching and research and numerous undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from Dr. Weber’s guidance as a research project mentor or a graduate committee member.

      Course Information

       

      Core

      VM 811 - Evolution and Ecology of Foodborne Pathogens (3 Credits)

      VM 812 - Food Safety Toxicology (3 Credits)

      VM 831 - Foodborne Disease Epidemiology (3 Credits)

       

      Elective

      Choose three credits of the following:

      VM 814 - Packaging for Food Safety (3 Credits)

      VM 821 - Food Protection & Defense (3 Credits)

      VM 824 - Global Food Safety (3 Credits)

      VM 825 - Quantifying Food Risk (3 Credits)

      VM 827 - FSMA/HACCP (3 Credits)

      VM 834 - Current Issues in Food Safety (1-9 Credits)

      VM 840 - Anti-Counterfeit Strategy & Product Protection (3 Credits)

       

       

      Admissions Requirements


      To be accepted to this program, you must have:

      • A bachelor's degree
      • 3 letters of recommendation. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
      • Official transcripts from all previous schools
      • Current résumé or CV

      To apply to this program:


      • Complete a university graduate application.
      • Transcripts should come directly from the academic institution and must arrive in a sealed, official envelope.

       

      Key Dates

      Fall

      Application Deadline

      May 15th

      Spring

      Application Deadline

      September 15th

      Summer

      Application Deadline

      January 15th

       

       

      Tuition & Fees

       

      In-State Tuition
      Out-of-State Tuition
      $10,464
      $10,464

       

      The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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