Texas Tech University

Global Food Security Certificate

The certificate enables individuals working in a wide range of areas within the food industry to increase their understanding of the interdisciplinary issues related to the approaching global crisis of food security. This program follows recommendations for increased education within the four pillars of food security (Availability, Access, Stability, and Utilization) to build human capital as the world surges toward a population of more than 9 billion people by the year 2050. The certificate increases students' understanding of various aspects in food security while allowing the flexibility to focus instruction in one of the four defined pillars.

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Have questions? E-mail program coordinator

Dr. Todd Brashears


  • 12 credit hours
  • All courses are offered online, and most are offered face-to-face in Lubbock, Texas.
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual, but courses and sequences are designed to be completed in as quickly as two semesters (fall and spring).
  • Students interested in financial aid should learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time student status.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any of the three main semesters throughout the year (fall, spring, summer).

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International Center for Food Industry Excellence