Pennsylvania State University

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Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense(Graduate Certificate)



Program Information

Degree Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense

Format: Online

Program Description:

Protecting the nation’s food and fiber supply is of paramount importance to the well-being and prosperity of our country. A biological attack on our food supply may cause illness, loss of life, and economic and social instability. Penn State’s online Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Graduate Certificate can help build your knowledge of:

  •     current agricultural and food security issues and vulnerabilities
  •     structure and roles of U.S. federal, state, and local government in agricultural biosecurity and food defense
  •     recognition of a foodborne or agricultural disease event as a terrorist or criminal act
  •     effective prevention, surveillance, diagnosis, response, and recovery from agricultural and foodborne disease outbreaks

The Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Graduate Certificate is open to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree. The certificate is designed for the new or established working professional, with or without experience in the agricultural and food security industry. The program is ideal for public health professionals, food safety analysts, quality control specialists, plant managers, food safety engineers, food defense coordinators, and food inspectors.


Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $775 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+