Penn State's 12-credit agricultural biosecurity certificate shapes leaders capable of preventing and responding to agricultural biosecurity threats and disasters.
Course List - Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense
Required Courses (12 credits)
Agricultural Biosecurity: Protecting a Key Infrastructure
This course will explore intentional and unintentional threats to the agriculture food system, history, and current approaches for safeguarding this key infrastructure.
Food Defense: Prevention Planning For Food Processors
This course will focus on hazards associated with the food supply, explore risk analysis/assessment systems and exercises, examine prevention strategies for intentional contamination of the food supply, and develop a food defense plan and examine crises management systems.
Veterinary Infectious Disease Diagnostic and Surveillance Systems
This course will examine a wide range of animal health topics as it relates to infectious diseases, diagnostic systems, surveillance systems, epidemiology of those diseases, and effective responses in the case of an outbreak either naturally or intentionally caused.
Plant Protection: Responding to Introductions of Threatening Pest and Pathogens
This course provides knowledge of plant biosecurity, plant disease, regulations, and technologies using case study examples.