Michigan State University

, East Lansing, MI 48824-1046

Program Details

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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      100% Online
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    Bachelor's degree

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


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