Online Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate

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

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 6

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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This graduate certificate explores the social, political, economic and environmental factors that impact food systems. Courses will focus on the policies governing food systems and how these policies shape the way our food is grown and distributed. You’ll also learn about sustainable agriculture practices and natural resource management. In other courses, you’ll apply this knowledge as you learn strategies to shape food policy.

Gain the skills needed to lead a sustainable food system transformation

 

The food policy and sustainability leadership graduate certificate will empower you to become a leader in the next generation of food policymakers. You’ll learn the skills you need to craft innovative policy solutions that can improve the health of people and the planet.

This certificate includes two one-week-long, in-person immersion experiences. One immersion experience will be in Arizona and another in 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?

 

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 could 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 would also prepare you for environmental science jobs managing natural resources for food production. The leadership and communication skills learned in the program could also lead to jobs in food marketing.

Learn about sustainability in food systems

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


Required core

Tools and Tactics for Food Policy Change


Required core

Managing Natural Resources for Food Production


Required core

American Agriculture in the Global Context


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?

As a food policy expert, you could 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 graduate certificate include but are not limited to:

Agriculture or food marketing

Lobbyist

Education coordinator

Ecosystems market analyst

Food policy analyst

Congressional staff

Food resource manager

Grassroots organizer

Nonprofit advocate

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.

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Coolest Schools by Sierra Club for campus sustainability.

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in innovation for 5 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

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