Berkeley Graduate Students at a BFI Farm Bill Symposium in Washington, DC, 2017.

Graduate Certificate in Food Systems

The Berkeley Food Institute is currently working on the creation of a Graduate Certificate in Food Systems. This proposed certificate responds to an escalating need to empower new leaders with the capacity to create innovative solutions to pressing food and agriculture challenges. Building on UC Berkeley’s strength as a multi-disciplinary pioneer in food systems studies, the Certificate in Food Systems will prepare Masters and Doctoral students to think critically about the multi-level, multi-system factors that affect food production, distribution, and consumption locally, nationally, and globally. This interdisciplinary program will complement students’ primary fields of study by addressing the ecological, social, health, political, policy, legal, and economic dimensions of food and agriculture and providing graduates with the necessary theoretical framework and practical skills that can be applied across diverse and emerging food-system challenges.

The proposed Certificate in Food Systems will include a new 3-unit core course titled “Transforming Food Systems: From Agroecology to Population Health,” which will be piloted in Fall 2018 as as School of Public Health 290 course. Enrollment is now open.

In addition to the core course, certificate students will choose to take a minimum of two 3-unit supporting courses chosen from a list of approved classes. Students will work with the certificate advisor and their main program advisor to ensure that elective courses complement their primary coursework. The certificate will be hosted by the School of Public Health, cohosted by the Goldman School of Public Policy, and verified by the Berkeley Food Institute. It will appear on student transcripts.

The certificate is currently under review by Graduate Division. If approved, it is expected to launch in Spring 2019.