Stephanie Meyer, MPH
Senior Epidemiologist Acute Disease Investigation and Control Section
Minnesota Department of Health  

Craig Hedberg, PhD
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
University of Minnesota School of Public Health 

Melanie Firestone, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
University of Minnesota School of Public Health 

Concerns about environmental impacts of large-scale agricultural production, food safety and food security have driven consumer interest in local food production systems.  Along with local, commercial food production, interest has grown in foraging for wild and indigenous foods.  Popular foods for foraging include greens, fruits, nuts, and mushrooms. This course will review when and where foraging for wild foods can be conducted, explore the seasonal availability and uses of various plant materials, and discuss potential food safety issues that foragers may encounter.  Participants will visit several different public land settings to learn how to identify plants and plant materials that can be foraged.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7210-101 as part of the 2024 Public Health Institute.

For more information: z.umn.edu/PHI


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of the food system as it relates to foraging.
  • Describe the complexities of the industry and the importance in each step of the process from the farm to the consumer
  • Identify the major food safety threats involved in the production of local craft brewing, distilling, cider & wine production
  • Apply a systems approach to adult beverage safety from the farm through marketing to the consumer.
  • Understand the context in which food safety policy must be formulated and implemented.
  • Promote the concept of food system biosecurity as a prerequisite for safe, abundant, affordable and diverse adult beverages.

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $297. 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 0.75 CEUs (7.5 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 7.5 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

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