An interinstitutional certificate offered in cooperation with Kansas State University Food Science Institute, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science and Iowa State University Food Science programs.
By providing a distance education Food Safety and Security certificate program, we will serve the needs of industry and agencies that must protect the human food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination with pathogenic microbes and/or toxicants. In an era of terrorism and global food systems, effective control of foodborne hazards requires advanced education. There is an urgent need for online education for food industry personnel who, while working fulltime, would like to pursue more in-depth specialized training in food safety and security that is pertinent to their job.
Many food-related industry and agency professionals have a B.S. in some aspect of food and agricultural sciences or related area along with good technical background and work experience. But they may not be able to pursue a full graduate degree, due to expense, time constraints and/or interests. These needs warrant the development of a program to prepare graduate students and food-related professionals to effectively deal with food safety and biosecurity issues.
Kansas State University, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska (Lincoln) and the University of Missouri have developed food safety and defense distance education courses and have established a multi-state agricultural consortium to develop and deliver high-priority collaborative distance education programs in the food and agricultural sciences.
This proposal allows students to earn the non-degree Food Safety and Security Certificate and if they choose, to use those credits for subsequent degrees. Courses converted from the certificate to a degree program must meet University of Missouri department, college and graduate curricular guidelines.
Food Safety and Security Graduate Certificate Learning Outcomes
- Synthesize a current and multi-faceted picture of key food safety and security issues.
- Apply in real-world situations the scientific principles of microbial and chemical risk assessment and analysis related to food safety and security issues.
- Analyze and apply the concepts of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) programs, as well as other safety and security approaches, in the management of food safety and security in food systems.
- Evaluate food safety and security issues in the food industry using the perspectives of sound science, critical thinking and ethical reasoning.
Food Safety and Defense Certificate Requirements
The online certificate includes a minimum of 12 credits (8-9 credits in core courses and at least 3 elective credits) on topics including food microbiology, foodborne toxicants, HACCP, food safety and security overview, food laws, risk assessment, food biotechnology, rapid food microbiological methods, food allergy and food fermentations with each participating university offering at least one course on a regular basis, and each university cross-listing all courses.
Students must meet admissions requirements for the Master of Science degree in Food Science or equivalent degree at their respective universities. A tuition disbursement framework as in operation for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) consortium will be used. Certificate enrollments of 20-25 students per year are anticipated, with time to completion of 2-3 years (1-2 courses per semester). See the Great Plains IDEA for further information.
Admission standards and prerequisites for the certificate program.
Successful applicants must be a graduate of an accredited institution and normally must rank in the upper quartile (3.0 grade point average) of their class to gain admission. GRE general scores are required of all students. Undergraduate preparation should include emphasis in chemistry and biology or food science.
Courses and Seminars
Core and Elective Courses (minimum of 12-13 credit hours total).
Core Courses (minimum of 8-9 credits)
Elective Courses (minimum of 3 credits)
Note: Each participating university will cross-list the other university course offerings as part of their course offerings. It is possible that a student may already have taken one or more of these courses or their equivalent on another graduate degree or certificate program. Upon approval by the Director of Certificate Studies, 2 hours of credit could be accepted toward the 12-hour minimum required for this certificate.
Food Safety and Defense Certificate Faculty
Food Safety and Defense Certificate faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia:
- Azlin Mustapha, Ph.D., Associate Professor
- Email: MustaphaA@missouri.edu
- Telephone: 573-882-2649
- Address: 256 William Stringer Wing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211