Academic Program

Food Sustainability & Security Concentration

Concentration Director :

Dr. Joseph W. Dorsey

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Director of Food Sustainability and Security
Director of Academic Capstone Experience (ACE)

Dr Dorsey

Concentration Description:

The M.S. in Global Sustainability concentration in Food Sustainability and Security provides students with a solid understanding of key issues in food systems and safety/security. 

Learning Outcomes :

  • Identify the key stakeholders of the food system (production, processing, distribution, waste)
  • Articulate challenges and issues in the food system and ways to improve its sustainability
  • Understand the impact of the food industry on public health and the role of safety and sanitation in food security
  • Discuss the role of planners, government, and community organizations in food system development
  • Understand regulatory and policy issues in the food sector
  • Study efforts in the public health sector to prevent foodborne disease outbreaks
  • Discuss consumer concerns regarding GMOs, pesticides, bioterrorism, and agroterrorism

Concentration Courses:

  • IDS 6270 Sustainable Food Production (Credit Hours: 3)
  • IDS 6271 The Future of Food: Environment, Health and Policy (Credit Hours: 3)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • IDS 6210 Bioresources for a Sustainable Future (Credit Hours: 3)
  • IDS 6216 Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Credit Hours: 3)
  • IDS 6244 Waste Not, Want Not: Reconsidering Waste, Repurposing Wasted Resources (Credit Hours: 3)
  • IDS 6275 Policy for Sustainability (Credit Hours: 3)
  • IDS 6276 Navigating the Sustainable Food/Energy/Water Nexus (Credit Hours: 3)
  • IDS 6707 Envisioning Sustainability: Tools for 21st Century Communicators of Sustainability Science (Credit Hours: 3)
  • URP 6444 Global & Community Food Systems (Credit Hours: 3)

 Course Descriptions


For Admissions Related Inquiries:

Randall Pape
Assistant Director of Academic Services


For Advising Related Inquiries:

Emily Boyko
Academic Services Administrator