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The graduate certificate in food security provides knowledge and tools in the areas of nutrition, food studies, geography, and geoinformation science to prepare students for careers in food security and safety. The program includes courses in nutrition, food security, food safety, and GIS and remote sensing, and the program will give students insight into the determinants of food security in developing and industrialized countries, the roots of vulnerabilities of populations most at-risk, and programs involved in food security research and interventions worldwide.

The graduate certificate in food security may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in Graduate Admissions and must apply using the Application for Graduate Admission. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall and spring semesters. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, please refer to CHHS Admissions.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: HH-CERG-FSEC

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 21

Candidates must have 21 graduate credits and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in coursework applied to the certificate, with no more than 3 credits with a grade of C to earn the certificate. 

Required Courses

NUTR 608Perspectives on Food Security3
NUTR 611Food and Nutrition Security Policy3
NUTR 610Food Safety and Defense3
NUTR 651Nutrition Assessment, Monitoring and Surveillance3
GGS 579Remote Sensing3
Select three credits from the following:3
Geographic Information Systems 1
Global Nutrition 2
Total Credits18

Nutrition students must select this course.


Geography students must select this course. 


Select three credits from the following:3
Environmental Health
Global Nutrition
Food Security
World Food and Population
or other approved elective course
Total Credits3