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Food Laws and Regulations in the United States

Certificate

Online

Course Delivery

12

Total Credits

$9,429

Tuition

1 year

Minimum Duration



Program Overview


The Institute for Food Laws and Regulations at Michigan State University offers food law courses taught online by a network of food science, academic, and legal professionals, who understand the complex nature of food laws and how they impact the flow of food and agricultural products.

Most of our students are food sector professionals who work full time while taking one course per semester. Many work at food companies and have a background in food science. We also have many attorneys, and regulators from government bodies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 


Program Outcomes


Our students are generally early to mid-career professionals, with titles such as analyst, manager, supervisor, specialist, director, or general counsel, in the areas of compliance, quality assurance, labeling, regulatory affairs, risk mitigation, and crisis management. Our alumni become known as the “go to” person for matters related to food laws and regulations within their organizations.

By successfully completing our courses, students will:

  • Understand and be able to apply national food laws and regulations.
  • Know the roles of the U.S. federal agencies with regulatory oversight of food, in particular the FDA, USDA, and FTC.
  • Be able to locate and use relevant food laws and regulations. 
  • Improve critical thinking and analytical skills related to the intersection of science and law.
  • Be aware of current food law issues and be able to discuss them and write about them. 
  • Understand the nature of regulatory affairs as it pertains to food.
  • Understand how to optimize working relationships with government officials.

Career Outlook

 

Many of our students report earning a promotion or new position as a direct result of having taken courses through IFLR. Many students move on to earn an online Master’s in either Global Food Law or Food Safety with Michigan State University. These programs may accept up to 9 qualifying credits for transfer towards a degree. Please contact those individual programs to learn about their transfer credit policies.


A Top-Ranked Education

A top-ranked education with a global impact. By learning from the best, our students establish themselves as leaders in the ever-changing world. 

  • 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
Neal Fortin Headshot

Neal Fortin

Director, Institute for Food Laws & Regulations

Neal Fortin is an attorney, the director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, and a professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Previously, Professor Fortin worked for the Michigan Department of Agriculture where he was the primary drafter of the Michigan Food Law of 2000 and manager of the food service regulatory program. As a practicing attorney, Professor Fortin concentrated in food law representing food companies. He is a prolific author and speaker. His textbook, Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice, is available from Wiley & Sons. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

 

Course Information

 

To earn a Certificate in United States Food Law, students must successfully complete:

FSC 811 - Food Laws and Regulations in the United States is required.
And no more than one internationally-focused course.

 

The full list of United States-focused courses applicable to the Certificate in United States Food Law:

FSC 811 Food Laws and Regulations in the United States
FSC 820 Regulatory Leadership in Food Law
FSC 821 Wine, Beer, and Spirits Laws and Regulations
FSC 851 The Law of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule
FSC 852 The Law of the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule
FSC 853 The Law of the Produce Safety Rule

 

 

Learning Experiences

Students must complete the 12 credits and no more than one internationally-focused course.

 

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must:

Complete a MSU Lifelong application

  • No application fee
  • No prerequisite courses or degrees
  • No transcripts from prior study required
  • No GRE required
  • No travel or commute
  • No required book purchases
  • Flexible schedule
    Courses are asynchronous, participate at your convenience to maintain work/life balance.
  • Take the time for deep investigation
    Students learn more with sustained study than they would in an on-site short course.
    We recommend that students take only one course per semester if they are also working full time.

Key Dates

Rolling Applications

Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend submitting applications at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing. 

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$9,429
$12,084

 

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 Institute for Food Laws and Regulations at Michigan State University offers food law courses taught online by a network of food science, academic, and legal professionals, who understand the complex nature of food laws and how they impact the flow of food and agricultural products.

Most of our students are food sector professionals who work full time while taking one course per semester. Many work at food companies and have a background in food science. We also have many attorneys, and regulators from government bodies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 


Program Outcomes


Our students are generally early to mid-career professionals, with titles such as analyst, manager, supervisor, specialist, director, or general counsel, in the areas of compliance, quality assurance, labeling, regulatory affairs, risk mitigation, and crisis management. Our alumni become known as the “go to” person for matters related to food laws and regulations within their organizations.

By successfully completing our courses, students will:

  • Understand and be able to apply national food laws and regulations.
  • Know the roles of the U.S. federal agencies with regulatory oversight of food, in particular the FDA, USDA, and FTC.
  • Be able to locate and use relevant food laws and regulations. 
  • Improve critical thinking and analytical skills related to the intersection of science and law.
  • Be aware of current food law issues and be able to discuss them and write about them. 
  • Understand the nature of regulatory affairs as it pertains to food.
  • Understand how to optimize working relationships with government officials.

Career Outlook

 

Many of our students report earning a promotion or new position as a direct result of having taken courses through IFLR. Many students move on to earn an online Master’s in either Global Food Law or Food Safety with Michigan State University. These programs may accept up to 9 qualifying credits for transfer towards a degree. Please contact those individual programs to learn about their transfer credit policies.


A Top-Ranked Education

A top-ranked education with a global impact. By learning from the best, our students establish themselves as leaders in the ever-changing world. 

  • 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
Neal Fortin Headshot

Neal Fortin

Director, Institute for Food Laws & Regulations

Neal Fortin is an attorney, the director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, and a professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Previously, Professor Fortin worked for the Michigan Department of Agriculture where he was the primary drafter of the Michigan Food Law of 2000 and manager of the food service regulatory program. As a practicing attorney, Professor Fortin concentrated in food law representing food companies. He is a prolific author and speaker. His textbook, Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice, is available from Wiley & Sons. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

 

Course Information

 

To earn a Certificate in United States Food Law, students must successfully complete:

FSC 811 - Food Laws and Regulations in the United States is required.
And no more than one internationally-focused course.

 

The full list of United States-focused courses applicable to the Certificate in United States Food Law:

FSC 811 Food Laws and Regulations in the United States
FSC 820 Regulatory Leadership in Food Law
FSC 821 Wine, Beer, and Spirits Laws and Regulations
FSC 851 The Law of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule
FSC 852 The Law of the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule
FSC 853 The Law of the Produce Safety Rule

 

 

Learning Experiences

Students must complete the 12 credits and no more than one internationally-focused course.

 

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must:

Complete a MSU Lifelong application

  • No application fee
  • No prerequisite courses or degrees
  • No transcripts from prior study required
  • No GRE required
  • No travel or commute
  • No required book purchases
  • Flexible schedule
    Courses are asynchronous, participate at your convenience to maintain work/life balance.
  • Take the time for deep investigation
    Students learn more with sustained study than they would in an on-site short course.
    We recommend that students take only one course per semester if they are also working full time.

Key Dates

Rolling Applications

Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend submitting applications at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing. 

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$9,429
$12,084

 

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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