Program Overview

The graduate certificate in Food Safety and Toxicology from Michigan State University has been available since the fall of 2002. Students in this program, on average, are 35 to 40-year-old professionals in industry or government regulation. Lifelong Education students are also welcomed. This program is completely online, and requires completion of four three-credit courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

The courses can be completed in any sequence. The goals of this program include teaching students about food security, foodborne pathogens, zoonotic disease, and biotechnology. Students will also be taught skills such as organization, leadership, and how to be effective within a work environment.

The courses students will participate in include Evolution of Ecology of Food Safety, Packaging for Food Safety, Food Safety Toxicology, Food Protection & Disease, and Foodborne Disease Epidemiology, among others. Students will choose four of these courses to complete in order to earn this certificate.

A Bachelor’s degree is required to earn this certificate. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 will need to be maintained at all times to successfully pass this program. Transfer credits may also be applied to this program, although they will need to be approved by the school chairperson or director and dean.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Bachelor's degree

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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