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Graduate Certificate in
Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense


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)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Agricultural Biosecurity: Protecting a Key Infrastructure AGBIO 520 This course will explore intentional and unintentional threats to the agriculture food system, history, and current approaches for safeguarding this key infrastructure. 3 credits
Food Defense: Prevention Planning for Food Processors AGBIO 521 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, develop a food defense plan, and examine crises management systems. 3 credits
Veterinary Infectious Disease Diagnostic and Surveillance Systems AGBIO 801 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. 3 credits
Plant Protection: Responding to Introductions of Threatening Pest and Pathogens AGBIO 802 This course provides knowledge of plant biosecurity, plant disease, regulations, and technologies using case study examples. 3 credits

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