Food Safety & Defense, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Food Safety and Defense

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 12
    Credits
  • $590.00
    In-State
  • $590.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Food Safety and Defense, Graduate Certificate program serves the needs of industry and agencies that must protect the human food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination with pathogenic microbes and/or toxicants.

Students choose this program to:

  • Synthesize a current and multi-faceted picture of key food safety and security issues.
  • Apply the scientific principles of microbial and chemical risk assessment and analysis to real-world 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, to 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.

The Food Safety & Defense online graduate certificate program is an inter-institutional certificate program being offered as part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA / AGIDEA), in cooperation with Iowa State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Missouri.

Career Outlook: This online certificate can complement a graduate degree program or allow food industry professionals to advance their careers while working full-time to pursue in-depth specialized training.

Potential career paths include:

  • Food Safety Analyst
  • Food Safety Engineer
  • HACCP Consultant
  • Plant Manager
  • Quality Control Specialist

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    Statement of purpose

  4. Resume or curriculum vitae

  5. Provide 2 references.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit online application for Graduate Studies

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
FDST 805Food Microbiology3
Prereqs: Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, or permission.  Nature, physiology, and interactions of microorganisms in foods. Introduction to food-borne 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.
FDST 873Foodborne Toxicants2
Mechanisms of action, metabolism, sources, remediation/detoxification, risk assessment of major foodborne toxicants of current interest, design of HAACP plans for use in food industries targeting foodborne toxicants.
FDST 872Principles of HACCP2
A comprehensive study of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System and its application in the food industry.
FDST 871Multidisciplinary Overview Of Food Safety And Security2
Topics include food safety policy, ag bioterrorism, border security, animal ID, food defense and site security, risk analysis, crisis communication, epidemiology, HACCP, and more.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
FDST 876Risk Assessment for Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine3
Prereq: Three credit hours of statistics or permission. 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.
FDST 896Independent Study in Food Science and Technology2
Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.
FDST 874Food Laws, Regulations, and the Regulatory Process2
Prereq: Three credit hours in Food Science course work. FDST 874 has presentations by state and federal food regulators. History of the development of the current federal state food regulations. Guidelines that govern the practice of regulating the wholesomeness of red meats, poultry, and eggs.
FDST 855Microbiology of Fermented Foods2
High speed internet connection required. Contact the instructor for further information. 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.
FDST 878Food Protection and Defense: Essential Concepts2
Foundational concepts relevant to protecting the food supply from intentional contamination. Section 1 addresses the nature of the policy and regulatory aspects of food defense, threats to food and agricultural systems, as well as concepts and strategies related to response and mitigation of food protection incidents. Section 2 provides an understanding of the principles required in a food defense program for a food manufacturing, warehousing or distribution center.
FDST 877Advanced Food Microbiology and Biotechnology2
Basic principles in biotechnology and applied food microbiology. Current topics of interest in food biotechnology. Introduction to recombinant DNA techniques and how they are applied to genetically modify microorganisms. The use of nucleic acids as tools of rapid detection of microorganisms in foods, basic enzyme immobilization and down-stream processing techniques and regulatory aspects of food biotechnology.
FDST 875Rapid Methods in Food Microbiology2
The different types of rapid microbial detection approaches available for use in foods. Commercial reagents and detection platforms, and the “next generation” approaches currently under development in academia or industry. Challenges to detection posed by the complexity of most food matrices and the sample preparation methods for separating microorganisms from such matrices.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$590.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$590.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1770.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$1770.00

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$590.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$590.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1770.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$1770.00
Robert Hutkins, Ph.D.
Professor

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Robert Hutkins studies bacteria important in human health and in fermented foods. He is interested in understanding factors that affect the persistence of probiotic lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall AdmissionJul 15
  • Summer AdmissionApr 01
  • Spring AdmissionNov 15