Access to safe, healthy food is one of our most basic needs. Consumers rely on skilled professionals to oversee our food supply from seed to shipment, from farm to table, and from oven to package.
What you will learn
The average household spends 13% of its annual budget on food. About 11% of total jobs in the United States—and 14% of manufacturing jobs—are in the food and agriculture industry. Food safety regulation is undoubtedly crucial to public health.
To protect people from foodborne illness and other hazards, food safety regulation specialists set and enforce standards, provide professional training and consumer education, and track and report recalls and outbreaks.
A Closer Look at Food Safety Regulation
Food safety regulation is a broad field covering everything from agriculture, imports, and food production to college cafeterias, food trucks, and vending machines. Here are just a few examples of processes you’d find inspected or monitored:
Storage and transport
Food processing and production
Labeling and advertising
Handling, preparing, and serving
A variety of government agencies are responsible for setting (and enforcing) food safety standards, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Advance Your Career in Food Safety Regulation
A master’s degree in Food Safety Regulation will prepare you for administration, scientific, or leadership positions, including:
Food safety regulatory specialist
Food safety manager/director
Food safety consultant
Consumer safety officer/technician
Health communications manager
Quality assurance technician/manager
Plant quality and safety manager
Food scientist/R&D scientist
Director of food services/dining operations
You can start or advance your food safety regulation career somewhere like the FDA, USDA, EPA, or within a state or local department of health. Food-related trade and professional organizations may also offer a variety of relevant career options.
Expand Your Knowledge
The MS in Food Safety Regulation degree can also serve as a foundation for law school or advanced studies in public health. Or it could allow you to take existing health, production, research, legal, or life sciences career in a new direction.
Study on Your Terms
You don’t need to relocate or rearrange your work schedule to earn a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Our MS in Food Safety Regulation program is available 100% online.