Program highlight: Graduate Certificate in Food Systems

June 03, 2019
A woman holds a clipboard and looks into a greenhouse

The Graduate Certificate in Food Systems provides students with skills that can be applied across diverse and emerging food systems.

The Graduate Certificate in Food Systems (GCFS) 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 prepares 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—open to all UC Berkeley graduate students—complements 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-systems challenges.

The GCFS is hosted by the School of Public Health, College of Natural Resources, and Goldman School of Public Policy, and administered by the Berkeley Food Institute. A number of College of Natural Resources faculty teach coursework in the GCFS program, including:

To learn more about the GCFS program visit the Berkeley Food Institute’s website.