Food Sustainability and Security

Concerns about population growth, human health, and environmental quality have made food sustainability and security a top priority worldwide. The goal of this program is to provide students with a general foundation of sustainable principles and economics and, within this context, with a specialized analysis of food systems, policy, and public health issues.

This certificate program will provide a general foundation in sustainability and a solid understanding of key issues in food systems and safety/security. The program will cover (1) the concepts, principles, economics, and finance of sustainability, as well as transition towards a green economy; (2) food production, distribution, marketing, disposal, and policy; and (3) food safety and security regarding biological, chemical, and physical threats.. It is designed for an audience of a wide range of backgrounds with career interests in the field of food sustainability and security.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered both partially online and on campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

You will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation, one academic and one professional. To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.



Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Choose two of the following electives:

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is two years.

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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