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We provide student opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate levels that provide for holistic food defense education experiences: interdisciplinary learning, experiential learning, learning/research communities, and scholarly skill development.


Undergraduate and Graduate Courses offered at UofMN

The following list of courses is currently offered at the University of Minnesota. More course and degree offerings are in development. Be sure to revisit this page for updates.

Food Defense: Prepare, Respond, Recover
University of Minnesota VMED 5920, 3 credits, In-Person
This course is intended to provide a foundation for students to understand the basic principles of preparedness and emergency response that are utilized to plan for, respond to, and recover from a food disaster.  

Seminar in Food Protection and Defense
University of Minnesota VMED 5921, 1 credit, Hybrid Online and In-Person
Explore current issues and research activities impacting global food defense. Tap into FPDI’s monthly webinar series to learn from leading experts from the food industry, governmental agencies, and research institutions. The course also features an engaging in-person component using the flipped classroom model. 

Emergency Preparedness: A Public Health Perspective
University of Minnesota PUBH 5231, 2 credits, Online
Gain awareness of preparing for and responding to all-hazard events—both natural and man-made. This course provides a wide-ranging introduction to the public health’s core competencies. Students will look at the purpose, history, organizations, functions, tools, and activities used in the field. 

Data Driven Decision Making
University of Minnesota 1 credit, In-Person
This course aims to provide knowledge and equip students with techniques to transform data into information that decision makers can use in order to make time critical decisions. It has been well documented that decision-making during a crisis is difficult as information is limited and established procedures may not be followed, thus increasing the amount of stress on individuals required to make those decisions. To improve crisis decision-making data collection, analysis, and synthesis on abundant and wide-variety of data are required in order to make an informed decision. This course will have didactic and application components where students will be able to apply the skills knowledge learned.


Paid Research Opportunities

FPDI provides a number of paid research opportunities for students. You can find these opportunities by signing up for our MAILING LIST


Food Defense Student Network

We hold monthly Food Defense Student Network Meetings during the Fall and Spring semesters. These meetings offer students a place to present the research they are conducting at FPDI, connect with FPDI staff and researchers, and discuss research and current topics in food defense. Lunch is provided.


Please email Debra Freedman, PhD with any questions regarding FPDI's education programing.