Food Safety and Defense

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Food Safety and Defense online graduate 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. 


Students choose this program to: 

  • Synthesize a current and multi-faceted picture of key food safety and security issues.
  • Apply the scientific principles of microbial and chemical risk assessment and analysis to real world 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, to 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 Food Safety & Defense online graduate certificate program is an inter-institutional certificate program being offered as part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA / AGIDEA), in cooperation with Iowa State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Missouri. 


Career Outlook:
This online certificate can complement a graduate degree program or allow food industry professionals to advance their career while working full-time to pursue in-depth specialized training. 
Potential career paths include:

  • Food Safety Analyst
  • Food Safety Engineer
  • HACCP Consultant
  • Plant Manager
  • Quality Control Specialist

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Faculty Contact
Dr. Robert Hutkins

Staff Support
Julie McManamey

Department Address
Food Innovation Complex
Nebraska Innovation Campus
1901 N. 21st St
Lincoln NE 68588-6205

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by the department

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadline
Fall: July 15; Spring: December 1; Summer: April 15

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Food Science and Technology.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.