Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: March 30, 2020
Date of Second Reading: April 27, 2020
Title of Motion: Request from the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Food Safety and Protection
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: This certificate prepares students for a career as food safety and protection inspectors. Unlike the certificate in Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership that focuses on sustainable food systems, this certificate focuses on the downstream evaluation of the production, processing and preparation of food and food products. The foundation for this proposal is based on discussions and feedback from industry experts and various local and federal regulatory agencies. The college explored the certificate's content with credentialing organizations and local regulatory oversight agencies. As a result, the proposed certificate includes their recommendations for specialized training and knowledge in the protection and safety of food. The curriculum is aligned with local, state, and national health and safety initiatives, and integrates with the regulatory focus of the Food and Drug Administration's oversight.