Fernando Sampedro, PhD, MS
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota       

Global Food Security exists when “all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”.  Achieving global food security involves optimizing the objectives of access, affordability, safety, nutrition and choice.  This course focuses on assuring food safety and preventing intentional contamination of the food supply (food defense) while making progress toward global food security.

Science provides invaluable information for evidence-based public health and food system resilience, yet good science alone is not enough to effectively address grand challenges such as global food security. Government, industry and individual decisions affecting food systems are made daily in the face of significant gaps in our scientific knowledge.

This course will enhance participants' food safety and defense knowledge and skills by stressing a trans-disciplinary, systemic and holistic approach to food safety and defense in the context of global food security. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to work more effectively on food safety, food defense and food security where industry, government, academia and civil society all are involved.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-112 as part of the 2019 Public Health Institute.

For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute


After attending this course learners will be able to:

  • Deepen understanding of global food security as a “grand challenge? (also called social mess and wicked problem): complex, multi-factorial, systemic issues emerging at the convergence of animal health, human health, economic development and environmental change.
  • Differentiate between food safety and food defense and explain their relevance to global food security
  • Apply critical thinking tools in the context of food safety, defense and global food security issues
  • Develop key leadership skills for catalyzing collective action to optimize food safety and defense in the context of global food security  


Core competencies for public health professionals identified in the HRSA Council of Linkages June 2014 model that apply to this course include:

2.  Policy Development/Program Planning Skills Tier 2:

  • B6. Develops options for policies, programs and services (e.g. food safety and nutrition programs)

3. Communication Skills Tier 2:

  • B8. Communicates the roles of governmental public health, health care, and other partners in improving the health of a community

5. Community Dimensions of Practice Skills Tier 2:

  • B1.  Distinguishes the roles and responsibilities of governmental and non-governmental organizations in providing programs and services to improve the health of the community
  • B6.  Facilitates collaborations among partners to improve health in a community (e.g. coalition building)

6. Public Health Science Skills Tier 2:

  • B5.  Retrieves evidence from print and electronic sources to support decision making
  • B7.  Uses evidence in developing, implementing, and improving policies, programs, and services

8. Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills Tier 2:

  • B2. Describes public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national and global levels
  • B.3. Explains the ways public health, health care, and other organizations can work together or individually to impact the health of a community

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: tayl0427@umn.edu | 612-626-8434




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Food Safety and Defense in the Context of Global Food Security
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Jun 03, 2019
Twin Cities
Blegen Hall
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8:00AM to 12:00PM
Jun 04, 2019 to Jun 07, 2019
Twin Cities
Blegen Hall
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Full Pay non-credit $595.00
Drop Request Deadline
May 27, 2019
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May 27, 2019
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