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.

Degree Type:
Master of Science
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
10 courses
Time to Complete:
20 – 36 months

MS in Food Safety Regulation Program Overview

The average household spends 13% of its annual budget on food.1 According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2020, 19.7 million full- and part-time jobs were related to the agricultural and food sectors—10.3 percent of total U.S. employment.2 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:

  • Seed selection
  • Fertilization
  • Pest control
  • Harvesting
  • 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).

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.

Who You’ll Learn From

Why to Pursue an MS in Food Safety Regulation at Hopkins

Expert Faculty Members

Your student experience will be led by faculty with decades of collective experience in public health, food safety monitoring, and policymaking.

Academic Excellence Meets Flexibility

Explore food safety regulation inside-out, from toxicology and microbiology to production practices, packaging, and labeling. Select elective classes that fit your goals, such as Food and Drug Law, Infectious Disease, or Bioethics.

Successful Global Alumni Network

Enrolling at Johns Hopkins University means joining a large community of public health, business, and research professionals who are making a difference in agencies, organizations, companies, and communities around the world.

Take the Next Step

Ensure compliance with the complex laws and regulations governing the food and beverage industries with an online master’s degree in food safety regulation from Johns Hopkins University.

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1 “Where Does All the Money Go: Shifts in Household Spending Over the Past 30 Years.” Accessed online on December 2, 2021.
2 “Ag and Food Sectors and the Economy.” Accessed online on December 2, 2021.

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