Food Systems

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

Current students in any master’s or doctoral degree program at UC Berkeley may elect to complete the graduate Certificate in Food Systems. The 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 Master's 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 is a collaboration between the School of Public Health, the College of Natural Resources, and the Goldman School of Public Policy, and 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.


Core Course

PBHLTH 290: Transforming Food Systems: From Agroecology to Population Health. This course takes a solutions-oriented approach to pressing problems in current food systems. We explore strategies used by the disciplines of agroecology, policy, law, public health, and business to improve food systems and apply their varied approaches to real-world case studies. (3 units, Fall)

Additional Coursework

Two additional 3-unit courses 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.


Rosalie Z. Fanshel,