Academic Programs Catalog

College of Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Specialization in Food Safety (this program is in moratorium effective Spring 2019 through Summer 2019)

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Human Medicine, the College of Natural Science, the College of Social Science, and the College of Veterinary Medicine participate in the graduate specialization in food safety. The College of Veterinary Medicine is the primary administrative unit.

The specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in a master’s degree program in the departments of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Communication, Entomology, Epidemiology, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Horticulture, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Packaging, Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Plant Pathology, and Sociology.

The specialization is designed for students who are interested in enhancing the focus of their study on food safety so they can apply their knowledge from basic disciplines to solve problems in the area of food safety.

A faculty member who is in the department that administers the student’s degree program will serve as the student’s academic advisor for the specialization. The academic advisor will assist the student in planning a program of study that is related to the student’s interests, capabilities, and professional goals. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the master’s degree.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Food Safety

The student’s program of study must be approved by the student’s academic advisor for the specialization. To qualify for this graduate specialization, the student must meet the requirements specified below: 

1. Maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization.
2. Complete both of the following seminar courses (2 credits):
VM 828 Food Safety Seminar Series 1
VM 829 Problems in Food Safety 1
3. Complete one course from each of the following topic areas in food safety (9 credits):
Risk/Public Health
EPI 813 Investigation of Disease Outbreaks 3
LCS 830 Epidemiology, Risk Assessment and Public Health
Impact of Food-borne Diseases 3
VM 831 Foodborne Disease Epidemiology for the Professional 3
VM 832 Food Safety Disease Control 3
Human Dimensions
FSC 421 Food Laws and Regulations 3
PKG 480 Packaging Laws and Regulations 3
SOC 950 Topics in Rural and Environmental Studies 3
FSC 440 Food Microbiology 3
FSC 840 Advanced Food Microbiology 3
FSC 842 Foodborne Disease 3
A list of supporting electives for the graduate specialization in food safety, depending on the student's individual focus of study in food safety is available from the student's academic advisor.