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The Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in 2011 shifted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from one that was reactive to food safety concerns to one that focuses on preventative approaches. The change in the FDA approach requires a change in expertise to address public health issues related to a safe food supply.

The need for experts is ever increasing as our food system becomes more globalized and complex. It is increasingly important for public health professionals to engage consumers and members of the food industry including farmers, food processors, and food service workers in addressing food safety challenges.

Photo of NDSU Public Health food safetyMonitoring and preventing the spread of foodborne disease, disseminating and enforcing key laws or regulations, and educating the public on safe food handling practices are top priorities. These priorities can be achieved through utilization of innovative methods in the areas of molecular microbiology, biotechnology, science-based risk assessment and management, hygiene principles, food safety laws and regulations, and active surveillance programs.

Upon completion of NDSU’s MPH degree with specialization in Food Safety, students will have the necessary skills and knowledge to become vital frontline members working to keep our population and food systems safe and secure. 

Students will take the required foundational Master of Public Health courses, including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health Management and Policy, Environmental Health, Community Health Leadership, and Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health. In addition, students will be required to complete the Master of Public Health practicum and a master’s paper—each focused on Food Safety topics in Public Health. The 18-credit specialization curriculum is described below. 

Required Courses:

Credit Hours

CFS 652: Food Laws and Regulations


PH 722: Applied Community Health


MICR 752: Advanced Topics in Food Safety Microbiology


PH 752: Advanced Topics in Epidemiology


Elective Courses

And choose at least 6 credits from the list of course on the Program Electives page 

Food Safety Faculty

Rick Jansen, PhD, Assistant Professor
Teresa Bergholz, PhD, Assistant Professor
Mary Larson, PhD, MPH, RD, Assistant Professor

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