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Food Protection Graduate Certificate

Program Description
Sample plan of study
Frequently asked questions
Graduate faculty information
Admission requirements
Contact information

Want to play a vital role in the health and safety of our nation's food supply? Food safety is a persistent growing concern. About 48 million Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,100 die. The lack of individuals with food safety expertise is becoming increasingly evident in government, business, and academia. This food safety expertise gap is widespread and exists in many professions. The new Food Safety Modernization Act widens the food safety expertise gap even more. The online Food Protection Graduate Certificate is designed to enhance the skills of professionals currently working in the food safety field or for individuals who work in related fields.

Individuals interested in the online graduate certificate in food protection must successfully complete the 9 semester credits of core curriculum. The student must receive a grade of B or better in each course to obtain the certificate. The food safety core courses are offered fall and spring semesters. All 9 credits may be completed in as little as one semester. A baccalaureate degree in an area pertinent to food safety is a pre-requisite to this program.


Food Protection Brochure.pdf

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Sample plan of study

Required Core Courses:

Total Credits: 9

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Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.'s will added at a later date.

Graduate Faculty

For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Food Protection graduate certificate bulletin page.



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For current admission requirements, visit the Food Protection graduate certificate bulletin page.

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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Food Safety
Phone: 701-231-6387
Web: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/foodsafety/

NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
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Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/


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