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Master of Public Health Program

Emphasis in Food Safety and Biosecurity

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The curriculum prepares professionals to identify and categorize risks, challenges, and solutions in the food system for food safety, biosecurity, and defense issues in the food production continuum. Courses emphasize the multidisciplinary and complex nature of food safety and biosecurity policies, globalization, and international trade – and their influence on public health.

Note: All students admitted Fall 2015 and beyond MUST follow the course list below.

“Core” requirements (14 or 16 credit hours)
Each student in the MPH Program must complete these required public health core courses:

  • Biostatistics: MPH 701 Fundamental Methods of Biostatistics (3 hrs)
  • Environmental health sciences: MPH 802 Environmental Health (3 hrs)
  • Epidemiology: 2 options:
    • MPH 754 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs) OR
    • MPH 708 Veterinary Epidemiology (2 hrs) and MPH 854 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 hrs) (TOTAL of 5 credit hours)
  • Health services administration:MPH 720 Administration of Health Care Organizations (3 hrs)
  • Social and behavioral sciences: MPH 818 Social and Behavioral Bases of Public Health (3 hrs)

Prerequisite courses: Students without an undergraduate degree in food science or closely related field may be required to complete undergraduate prerequisite courses before being allowed to take emphasis area courses. Prerequisite courses may include: biochemistry; organic chemistry; an introductory course in microbiology; a course in botany, zoology, or biology; mathematics courses (college algebra, calculus, and statistics); and a course in physics.

Required Courses and Credit Hours Needed
Required courses: 4 hours
FDSCI 730     Multidisciplinary Overview of Food Safety and Security (2 hrs) 
FDSCI 731Food Protection and Defense – Essential Concepts (2 hrs)
Select 3 to 6 Courses (minimum 6 hours)
 DMP 855Disease Detection, Surveillance, and Risk Assessment (3 hrs)
FDSCI 600Microbiology of Food (2 hrs)
FDSCI 690Principles of HACCP and HARPC (3 hrs)
FDSCI 750Food Toxicants (2 hrs) (online)
FDSCI 753Risk Assessment for Food, Ag & Vet Med (3 hrs)
FDSCI 791Advanced Applications of HACCP Principles (3 hrs)
Select 1 to 2 Courses (minimum 2 hours)
DMP 816Trade and Agricultural Health (2 hrs) (online)
DMP 844Global Health Issues (3 hrs) (online + May Intersession)
Select 1 to 2 Courses (minimum 3 hours)
AAI 801Interdisciplinary Process (online Manhattan; face-to-faceOlathe) 3 hrs)
DMP 815Multidisciplinary Thought and Presentation (3 hrs)
MC 750 Strategic Health Communication (3 hrs) (alternate years)
MC 760Communication and Risk (3 hrs) (alternate years)
Elective Courses – Select any remaining hours needed from above or the following list – 0-7 hours  
DMP 710Introduction to One Health (online)
DMP 806Environmental Toxicology
DMP 880Problems in Pathobiology
DMP 888Globalization, Cooperation, and Food Trade (1 hr) (online)
FDSCI 695Quality Assurance of Food Products (3 hrs) (online + in class)
FDSCI 751Food Laws and the Regulatory Process (2 hrs)
FDSCI 820Advanced Food Microbiology & Biotechnology (2 hrs) (online summer odd yrs)
STAT 705Regression and Analysis of Vairance (3 hrs) (in class)

Capstone/culminating experience (6 credit hours)
Total hrs required for MPH Degree (42 hours)

All students admitted BEFORE Fall 2014 may follow the old requirements or the new requirements (above).