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Food Safety and Public Health


This course will explore major food contaminants and their public health significance. We will explain the role of food environments in the transmission of infectious diseases, the specific microbes that cause environmentally transmitted diseases, their prevention and control by technological and other measures, and assessment of health risks.. We will assess different food contaminants with their associated diseases, how these agents enter, survive, and spread through the environment leading to human exposures, how their risks are assessed and measured and how these risks are prevented, controlled and managed through engineered/technical, policy, and regulatory approaches.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify major microbes and infectious diseases of health concern and the environmental routes of their transmission
  2. Understand the biology and ecology the microbes spread by human and animal waste, water, air, food, fomites, and vectors
  3. Develop basic skills for working with and analyzing microbes and how to detect them in environmental media
  4. Estimate and characterize human disease risk from environmental exposures, assessment of infection and disease risk using microbial risk assessment and investigation and characterization of patterns of disease spread, such as outbreaks and other epidemiological evidence
  5. Know the methods used to remove or destroy microbes in environmental media to prevent human exposure via wastes, water, food, fomites, air and vectors

Course Outline

  1. The burden of foodborne disease globally and in the EMR
  2. Microbial causes of foodborne diseases
  3. Chemical causes of foodborne diseases
  4. Sources of food contamination
  5. Foodborne diseases (food infection vs. food poisoning)
  6. Outbreaks and investigations
  7. Control measures for food safety
  8. Surveillance reporting and prevention of foodborne illnesses

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.