Non-Credit Options

Online Continuing Education in Food Safety

The MSU Online MS in Food Safety Program is pleased to announce an expansion into continuing education by launching the new Online Continuing Education in Food Safety (OCEFS) program.  The OCEFS will provide non-credit professional short courses for anyone interested in learning about a new topic or in need of a refresher. We currently have five courses to offer and more to come.    


Course 1. Preventive Controls for Human Food

This course, developed by FSPCA, is the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual."

Cost for this course is $850 (includes the certificate fee)

PCQI Certificate Sample

Requirements:

  • Online, asynchronous self-paced units using the FSPCA standardized curriculum 
  • Written exercises based on a FSPCA developed model food plan case-study
  • Online exam - our delivery will require passing an exam in addition to the FSPCA course completion requirements
  • Live discussion session with the Lead Instructor conducted via a web-based video conference (several live discussion times will be available each month) 
  • Discussion forums - students will discuss course material, assignments and application of the model food plan exercises
  • ZERO requirement to travel!

Course Information:

  • Hosted on MSU’s online learning platform D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Taught by Lead Instructor Melanie Neumann-Cherney, JD, MS
  • Completion time recommended is 5 weeks (up to 12 weeks if needed)
  • 30 - 35 hours of study time suggested for successful completion

Register Here!

What to expect AFTER you register:

  • Expect an email within 1-2 business days with instructions on how to create and activate a MSU Community ID
  • Once you activate your MSU Community ID, you will be enrolled in the course within 1-2 business days
  • After you finish the course, your PCQI certificate will be emailed to you within 7-10 business days

 

Course 2. Food Allergens

Designed for regulatory students or students working within food industry, this course will provide an overview of food allergens with a primary focus on preventive controls in the food manufacturing setting. Students will understand the basic science of the human immune response to food allergens, the determination of allergen thresholds, the most current rapid detection testing methodologies, current regulations as well as allergen prevention and control planning.

Course Information:

  • Hosted on MSU’s online learning platform D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Completion time recommended is 5 weeks (up to 12 weeks if needed)
  • 30 - 35 hours of study time suggested for successful completion
  • Cost for this course is $800

Register Here!

What to expect AFTER you register:

  • Expect an email within 1-2 business days with instructions on how to create and activate a MSU Community ID
  • Once you activate your MSU Community ID, you will be enrolled in the course within 1-2 business days

 

Course 3. Ingredient Safety

Designed for students with interest in the safety of food ingredients, this course is presented by faculty and other regulatory and industry professionals affiliated with MSU’s new Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS).  Students will learn about the controversies surrounding the definition of “ingredient”, risk/consumer communication, consumer perceptions about ingredient safety, the GRAS designation, regulatory aspects of ingredients, and current controversies and hot topics in the food ingredient world including: preservatives, conventional vs organic, GMO’s and glyphosate residues.

Course Information:

  • Hosted on MSU’s online learning platform D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Completion time recommended is 5 weeks (up to 12 weeks if needed)
  • 30 - 35 hours of study time suggested for successful completion
  • Cost for this course is $800

Register Here!

What to expect AFTER you register:

  • Expect an email within 1-2 business days with instructions on how to create and activate a MSU Community ID
  • Once you activate your MSU Community ID, you will be enrolled in the course within 1-2 business days

 

Course 4. Beverage Safety

An overview of beverage food safety including coffee, bottled water, juice, fermented beverages and specialty beverages. Students will develop an understanding of beverage production and food safety challenges in multiple beverage production systems.

Course Information:

  • Hosted on MSU’s online learning platform D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Completion time recommended is 5 weeks (up to 12 weeks if needed)
  • 30 - 35 hours of study time suggested for successful completion
  • Cost for this course is $800

Register Here!

What to expect AFTER you register:

  • Expect an email within 1-2 business days with instructions on how to create and activate a MSU Community ID
  • Once you activate your MSU Community ID, you will be enrolled in the course within 1-2 business days

 

Course 5. Meat Safety

Participants in the course will come away with an improved understanding of the challenges the meat industry faces and the successes that have been realized in the realm of food safety.
 
Course Information:

  • Meat industry HACCP and food safety systems
  • Cooking and cooling requirements for ready to eat meats
  • Control of pathogens in raw/fresh meats
  • Sanitation/antimicrobial interventions.

Register Here!

What to expect AFTER you register:

  • Expect an email within 1-2 business days with instructions on how to create and activate a MSU Community ID
  • Once you activate your MSU Community ID, you will be enrolled in the course within 1-2 business days

More Courses To Be Announced

Additional online, self-paced continuing education courses will become available through the fall and winter of 2017.  Topics will include Produce Safety, Dairy Safety, Food Waste Recovery, Foodborne Parasites, Pet Food Safety and more.  Once enrolled, students will have 12 weeks to complete each course.  Participants should expect to spend between 30-40 hours on each course. Enrollment will be continuous and the courses are self-paced and include five quizzes.  Learners who complete the course will earn a Certificate of Participation and those who complete the course with a score of 85% or higher will earn a Certificate of Mastery.  These courses will be taught at the graduate level with material provided by our excellent instructors. No application or prerequisite degree will be required.  These courses are for learners outside of the Online MS in Food Safety Program and these short courses cannot be applied toward the MSFS degree requirements.  

Watch this page for more details as additional courses become available.  For more information on non-credit courses email Megan Patrick at OCEFS@msu.edu