Food Safety

North Dakota State University

12 months
655 USD/credit
561 USD/credit
374 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Food Safety educational program at North Dakota State University was founded to help meet the increasing need for individuals with food safety expertise in government, business, and academia.  


North Dakota State University graduate faculty who participate in the food safety programs are from multiple colleges, and cover several areas of expertise including microbiological sciences, communication, public health, food and nutrition, and plant sciences.

As our Food Safety becomes more globalized and complex, it is increasingly important for public health professionals to engage consumers and members of the food industry including farmers, food processors, and food service workers. Monitoring and preventing the spread of foodborne disease, disseminating and enforcing key laws or regulations, and education the public on safe food handling practices are top priorities. 

Learning outcomes

These priorities can be achieved through utilization of innovative methods in the areas of molecular microbiology, biotechnology, science-based risk assessment and management, hygiene principles, food safety laws and regulations, and active surveillance programs. The NDSU MPH degree with a specialization in Food Safety will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become vital frontline members working to keep our population and food systems safe and secure.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Food safety laws
  • Hygiene principles

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Food Safety program admission is open to all qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. 
  • Appropriate degrees might be in food science, food safety, meat science, cereal science, microbiology, veterinary science, economics, engineering, dietetics, nutrition, agricultural policies or communication. 
  • To be admitted with full status to the program, the applicant must meet the Graduate School admission requirements along with additional requirements:
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores that are lower than the 50th percentile will generally weaken an applicant’s chance of being accepted. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    655 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 655 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    561 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 561 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    374 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 374 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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