Graduate Certificate in Food Safety

USC School of Pharmacy

The Certificate in Food Safety meets a growing need for regulatory and safety experts in food and supplement industries.

It is a 12-unit program of coursework designed to strengthen the knowledge base and functional “toolkit” of individuals who deal with the production and management of food in industry and government. Students are required to take an entry level course that focuses on regulatory requirements for foods and dietary supplements and two additional courses that focus on food science and food/ drug toxicology respectively. A final course will be selected from a small grouping of electives that deal with quality systems or risk management.

This accredited offering is designed to develop specialists for the high-demand field of medical product development. The program is structured especially for working professionals who wish to take one or two courses per term in convenient weekend or distance formats.

Students and alums of the Certificate program have access to all of the department’s career tools including professional development workshops, recruitment and career events. Our students and alums are in high demand by employers, and we distribute job postings from these recruiters regularly.

Students are expected to enroll each semester until the program is completed. Courses can be taken on site, by distance or as a blended combination. Students will confirm their specific coursework plan in consultation with their graduate advisors before beginning the program.

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