Graduate Certificate

Core Courses

Multidisciplinary Overview of Food Safety & Security

This course provides students with an overview appreciation and understanding of the many multidisciplinary aspects of food safety and security. Such an overview will inform and enhance preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery related activities.

Food Toxicology

Basic principles in toxicology. Toxicants in the food supply: modes of action, toxicant defense systems, toxicant/nutrient interactions, risk assessment.

HACCP

This course is a comprehensive study of the Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System and its application in the food industry. In this course, students will develop a HACCP plan, complete 5 online quizzes and take 2 proctored exams. Throughout the semester, there are deadlines to submit components of the HACCP plan. These components will be reviewed and returned to the student with comments so that there is an opportunity to make revisions. While these components are not given a letter grade when submitted, students receive points for turning them in. At the end of the semester, students are required to submit their completed HACCP plan and it is this finished plan that will be assigned a grade.

Microbiology of Food- KSU

This course deals with the identification, enumeration, and characterization of bacteria, yeast, and molds associated with foods and food processing. Effects of physical and chemical agents on microorganisms will be studied. Microbiological problems in food spoilage, food preservation, food fermentation, and foodborne diseases will be discussed.

Food Microbiology - UNL

Prereq: microbiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry or permission. Nature, physiology, and interactions of microorganisms in foods. Introduction to foodborne diseases, the effect of food processing systems on the microflora of foods, principles of food preservation, food spoilage, and foods produced by microorganisms. Food plant sanitation and criteria for establishing microbial standards for food products. HACCP

Elective Courses

Advanced Food Biotechnology

Ethnic Food Safety

The continuing popularity of ethnic foods in the U.S., as well as increased importation of foods and food products as a result of the globalization of the food supply, has been accompanied by new food safety concerns and risks. The Food Safety Modernization Act impacts food processors including ethnic food processors and importers. This 8-week course is designed to provide participants with the following benefits: 1) an understanding of the various factors that impact food safety of ethnic and imported foods; 2) knowledge about the handling, preparation, processing and storage of ethnic and imported foods and food products; 3) science-based characterization of ethnic foods and ingredients; 4) culturally appropriate strategies to address the challenges posed by ethnic and imported foods including GMPs, HACCP, etc. and 6) learn about the implications and impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act on ethnic and imported food products, and food defense/protection challenges.

Food Law & Regulation

History of food law in the US and the world. Relationship between policy, legislation and regulation. Introduction to primary US regulatory agencies and enforcement principles. Discussion of key laws related to food safety and nutrition. Overview of federal and independent research tools and sources of food law information. Discussion of current and evolving issues in food law.

Food Protection & Defense: Essential Concepts

This course presents foundational concepts relevant to protecting the food supply from intentional contamination. This course addresses the nature of the food and agriculture system as a critical infrastructure, policy and regulatory aspects of food protection and defense, threats to food and agricultural systems, as well as concepts and strategies related to response and mitigation of intentional contamination incidents. Completion of this course will better prepare students to understand and address challenges related to protecting the food supply from intentional contamination. This course can be of benefit to students in a variety of academic programs, including food science, public health, veterinary medicine, animal science, and other related disciplines.

Risk Assessment for Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine

Risk assessment principles as applied to biological systems. Exposure and effects characterization in human and animal health and ecological risk assessment. Risk analysis frameworks and regulatory decision-making. Introduction to quantitative methods for risk assessment using epidemiological and distributional analyses. Uncertainty analysis. Prerequisite: Statistics 300 level or higher

Microbiology of Fermented Foods

Physiology, biochemistry, and genetics of microorganisms important in food fermentations. How microorganisms are used in fermentations and the effects of processing and manufacturing conditions on production of fermented foods. Prerequisite: Food Microbiology
Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

Summer 2017: $545
2017-2018: $565

12 Hours

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