Food Safety and Defense Graduate Certificate


This is a program of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA/ AGIDEA).

The Food Safety & Defense Graduate Certificate Program is an inter-institutional certificate program being offered in cooperation with Kansas State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Missouri. These universities have established a multi-state agricultural consortium to develop and deliver high-priority collaborative distance education programs in the food and agricultural sciences.

The distance education Food Safety and Security certificate program serves the needs of industry and agencies that must protect the human food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination with pathogenic microbes and/or toxicants. In an era of terrorism and global food systems, effective control of foodborne hazards requires advanced education.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Synthesize a current and multi-faceted picture of key food safety and security issues.
  • Apply in real-world situations the scientific principles of microbial and chemical risk assessment and analysis related to food safety and security issues.
  • Analyze and apply the concepts of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) programs, as well as other safety and security approaches, in the management of food safety and security in food systems.
  • Evaluate food safety and security issues in the food industry using the perspectives of sound science, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning.

The online certificate includes a minimum of 12 credits

Tuition Information- Please note: All students, regardless of geographic location will receive in-state/resident rate tuition.

Contact Info: 

Michelle Zander, GP IDEA College Coordinator,
0006 Curtiss Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011

Suzanne Hendrich, University Professor
220 MacKay, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
(515) 294-4272 or e-mail: