Benjamin Warren, PhD
Director, Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Carrie Rigdon, PhD, MPH
Interim Assistant Director, Food and Feed Safety Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
This course will practice critical thinking of current food-related issues through three lenses: food safety, food security, and food sustainability; and from three geo-political perspectives: local/Minnesota, United States, and global.
Many food-related issues today are analyzed and debated from a food safety perspective: will this food be safe to eat? Food safety is a critical aspect of public health, but it is not the only one. There are equally-important aspects of food security: do people have enough food and adequate nutrition?; and food sustainability: how does this food impact the environment in which it is made and the resources used to make it? Furthermore, these public health lenses are also influenced by the geo-political and cultural perspectives. Food safety, security, and sustainability often look different in Minnesota compared to the United States compared to globally.
Students will learn to analyze several food-related issues from these different perspectives using the polarity mapping approach. Polarity mapping is a visual tool for comparing and balancing competing, but equally valid, values. Examples of potential topics include: genetically-modified organisms (GMO) use and labeling, antibiotic use in animals raised for food, and changes in the school lunch program to promote specific nutritional profiles or local sourcing.
This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-111 as part of the 2019 Public Health Institute.
For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Explain the meaning of – and difference among – the terms food safety, food security, and food sustainability.
- Identify key components of food safety, security, and sustainability used when assessing a food-related issue.
- Apply polarity mapping to food-related issues where competing but equally valid values exist..
- Analyze a food-related issue from the perspective of safety, security, sustainability, and geo-politics and present a summary of that analysis to the class.
Registration & Cancellation
The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.
Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. CPHEO is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.
The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.
All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Contact & Questions
Meghan Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org | 612-626-8434