Online Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate

The food policy and sustainability leadership graduate certificate equips you with an in-depth knowledge of current food policy and a panoramic view of the policymaking process. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to shape policy and advance sustainable food systems.

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Next start date: 08/17/2023


Total classes: 6

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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What is a food policy and sustainability leadership certificate?

This sustainable food systems certificate online explores the social, political, economic and environmental factors that impact food systems. Courses focus on the policies governing food systems and how these policies shape the way our food is grown and distributed. This program operates with four primary goals for the next generation of food policy leaders:

  • Provide an in-depth understanding of present-day health, agriculture and environment policy and how it came to be.
  • Deliver training on the strategic elements of a policy and agenda-setting campaign.
  • Apply the new knowledge and skills to real-world policy problems.
  • Gain access to a prominent and influential network of food and agriculture policy leaders and mentors.

Gain the skills needed to lead a sustainable food system transformation

 

This sustainable food systems certificate online empowers you to become a leader in the next generation of food policymakers. Through your coursework, you'll gain a panoramic, interconnected understanding of food policy, including:

  • U.S. federal and state policymaking, including legislative, rulemaking, budgetary and legal processes.
  • History and operational knowledge of food-related government agencies and global institutions.
  • The impact of U.S. federal and state agencies and global institutions on food systems.
  • The interconnected social, political, economic and ecological factors that influence food systems.
  • Integration of sustainability, policy and science issues, and major food and agricultural actors. 
  • Strategies to achieve food system policy and transformation.

 

This sustainable food systems certificate online includes two one-week-long, in-person immersion experiences located in Arizona and Washington D.C. During the Arizona immersion experience, you’ll explore the farms, ranches and supply chain businesses affected by changes in food policy. The second immersion experience, in Washington, D.C., builds leadership skills and includes sessions with food policy leaders from a variety of sectors.

What can I do with a certificate in food policy and sustainability leadership?

 

The food and agriculture sector is changing in exciting ways, creating demand for professionals who understand the complex interconnections between food, natural resources, policy, economic opportunity and social equity. As a food policy expert, you’ll have the opportunity to work at some of the most important organizations shaping the nation’s food systems. You can find food and sustainability-related jobs in government, businesses and nonprofits. In many of these positions, you’ll be crafting and advocating for food policy solutions that improve public health and environmental conservation.

This certificate also prepares you for environmental science positions concerning natural resource management for food production. Leadership and communication skills gained throughout the program may also lead to jobs in food marketing.

Will my sustainable food certificate say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Learn about sustainability in food systems

The courses in the sustainable food systems certificate online explore all of the industries that impact food systems from policy and sustainability to supply chain management. You’ll learn the skills and strategies needed to impact policy at both the local and national levels. In the capstone course, you’ll apply your knowledge to craft possible solutions to current food systems challenges.


Core

American Agriculture in the Global Context


Core

Managing Natural Resources for Food Production


Core

Tools and Tactics for Food Policy Change


Immersion experience

Applied Food Policy Immersion


Immersion experience

Food and Farm Immersion


Capstone

Organizational Leadership


What job can I get with a certificate in food system leadership?

With a sustainable food systems certificate online, you can find employment in governments, public health organizations, food companies or educational institutions. You’ll have the expertise to advocate for policy changes, lead nutrition programs, improve food literacy and more. Job titles for this sustainable food systems certificate online include, but are not limited to:

Agriculture or food marketing

Crop consultant

Education coordinator

Ecosystems market analyst

Food policy analyst

Food producer

Food resource manager

Grassroots organizer

Nursery operator

Learn from recognized sustainability professionals and researchers

The leader and architect of this program is Kathleen Merrigan, former U.S. Deputy Secretary and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an internationally renowned expert on food systems and sustainability. ASU’s School of Sustainability recruits faculty with the finest minds and practitioners in sustainability science, business, governance and mission-driven organizations. They cover a vast array of disciplines, such as business and policy, renewable energy and environmental science. Through use-inspired research, our faculty strives to make our world more sustainable.

Learn from recognized sustainability professionals and researchers

The leader and architect of this program is Kathleen Merrigan, former U.S. Deputy Secretary and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an internationally renowned expert on food systems and sustainability. ASU’s School of Sustainability recruits faculty with the finest minds and practitioners in sustainability science, business, governance and mission-driven organizations. They cover a vast array of disciplines, such as business and policy, renewable energy and environmental science. Through use-inspired research, our faculty strives to make our world more sustainable.

How do I apply for a certificate in sustainability in food systems?

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have two years of professional experience in food and agriculture.

Application requirements

Earn your sustainable food system certificate from the renowned School of Sustainability

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. We’ve also received accolades from other prestigious organizations, showcasing our commitment to excellence across all disciplines.

#1


university in the U.S. in pursuit of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

#1


“Cool Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Club for campus sustainability.

#1


in innovation for 8 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10%


Best Global Universities.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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