Public Health Food Protection Certificate

Part of the Public Health Practice major, this certificate program is designed for professionals working in health or human services. The certificate is awarded upon successful completion of at least 14 credits. Most students complete the curriculum by attending at least two sessions of the Public Health Institute, held in May and June every year.

This training prepares public health workers and others to respond to incidents of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other emerging public health issues. Many students use their public health knowledge and skills to enhance opportunities in their current work or career path.

The Public Health Certificate in Food Protection requires 14 credits for completion.

Students must take all of the following:

  • PubH 7210, Global Food Systems: various topics e.g. dairy, poultry, beef, fresh produce, eggs, processed foods (0.5 cr each) (student must take at least one course)
  • PubH 7213, Applications of Microbiology to Food Monitoring (1 cr)
  • PubH 7214, Principles of Risk Communication (1 cr)
  • PubH 7215, Food Safety: Risk Assessment and Risk Management (1 cr)
  • PubH 7233, Food System Defense: Vulnerabilities in the Food System (1 cr)
  • PubH 6181, Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases and Food Safety Hazards (2 cr) (on-campus or online) OR PubH 7231 Surveillance of Foodborne Pathogens in Humans (1 cr)

AND

  • PubH 7200 Surveillance of Zoonotic Pathogens in Animals (1 cr)
  • PubH 6711 Public Health Law (2 cr) OR PubH 6182 Emerging Infectious Disease: Current Issues, Policies and Controversies (3 cr) (on-campus, spring semester only)

Students select from various electives to complete the required number of credits as well; most of these are earned during the Public Health Institute and are subject to change each summer term.

Competencies

Three sets of competencies are incorporated into the school’s degree programs:

Core Competencies

All MPH and MHA programs require that students meet the Association of Schools of Public Health Core Competencies in five core public health areas, including administration, behavioral science, biostatistics, environmental health, and epidemiology, plus an additional requirement in ethics. These competencies are met through the SPH core courses.

Major Competencies

Each major program has a set of competencies that are mapped to learning and evaluation opportunities. These represent competencies that are unique to the specialty area of study. See the Public Health Certificate in Food Safety and Biosecurity Major Competencies.

Cross-Cutting Competencies

The cross-cutting competencies identified by the ASPH address areas increasingly important for effective public health practice including diversity and culture, professionalism, systems thinking, leadership, communication and informatics, public health biology and program planning. They map the competencies to course and experiential opportunities in the school for all MPH and MHA professional degrees.

Sample Courses

  • PubH 7210:Global Food Systems: Pork
  • PubH 7210 Global Food Systems: Produce
  • PubH 7213: Applications of Microbiology to Food Monitoring
  • PubH 7214: Principles of Risk Communication
  • PubH 7215: Food Safety Risk Assessment
  • PubH 7216: Food Safety Risk Management
  • PubH 7217: Advances in Molecular Epidemiological Analysis
  • PubH 6181: Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases and Food Safety Hazards
  • PubH 7231: Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases in Humans
  • PubH 7232: Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases in Animals and Plants
  • PubH 6711: Public Health Law
  • PubH 7200: The Politics of Policy: Turning Good Ideas into Better Health
  • PubH 7200: Food Labeling and Nutrition and Law
  • PubH 6282: Emerging Infectious Disease: Current Issues, Policies and Controversies
  • PubH 7230: Topics in Infectious Disease: Pandemic Influenza Readiness- Past Lessons, New Challenges and Promising Practices
  • PubH 7221: Planning for Urgent Threats
  • PubH 7200: Epidemiology and Ecology of Mycobacterial Diseases
  • PubH 7200: Global Studies in Infectious Disease
  • PubH 7200: Understanding the Emergence of Zoonotic Diseases

Sample Schedule

The following sample schedule enables students to complete the Public Health Certificate in Food Protection by attending two Public Health Institutes full time. All students have four years to complete the PHCert-FP.

Public Health Institute (6.5 credits)

Week 1:
Principles of Risk Communication (1 cr – required)
Public Health Law, Part I (2 cr – required)
Global Food Systems: Produce (0.5 cr)

Week 2:
Topics in Infectious Disease: Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases (1 cr –  elective)
Public Health Law, Part II (Part I offered  in week 1) – required

Week 3:
Food System Defense: Vulnerabilities in the Food System and How to Close Them (1.5 cr)
Global Food Systems: Produce (0.5 cr)

Why should I get a Public Health Certificate in Food Protection (PHCert-PRR)?
This certificate program offers working professionals with baccalaureate or advanced degrees the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to understand, assess, and manage population health in public health, health care, and human services settings. Many students will use their public health knowledge and skills to enhance effectiveness and opportunities in their current work or career path.

Who is eligible for the program?
The certificate is designed for working professionals in health or human services who have at least a baccalaureate degree.

How long does the program take?
The certificate must be completed within four years of matriculation. The courses are completed by attending the Public Health Institute, which is held annually for three weeks during the end of May/beginning of June. The minimum amount of time to complete the PHCert-PRR is 13 months. This requires full-time attendance of at least two PHIs.

Can I transfer credits from the certificate to a degree program at the School of Public Health?
Credits acquired while taking the required curriculum in the PHCert-PRR may be credited to an MPH within the School of Public Health under certain circumstances.

Is financial aid available?
No, students accepted to the Public Health Certificate in Food Protection are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Are scholarships available for students in Public Health Certificate in Food Protection?
Limited scholarship may be available for PHC-FP students, but the availability of funds varies from year to year. Information about funding opportunities are usually available in February.

Application Deadline

Summer Term: April 1

Contact Info

Program Director
Craig Hedberg, hedbe005@umn.edu

Major Coordinators
Kate Hanson, php@umn.edu
Katy Korchik, korc0004@umn.edu