UMN poultry experts partner with poultry industry to create cutting edge poultry health certificate & master's degree program

May 3, 2022
Poultry Health Certificate timeline
 
The Minnesota poultry industry has recognized a gap in their workforce for trained poultry health professionals, especially in the areas of nutrition and biosafety. Key industry partners including Michelle Kromm (previously with Jennie-O) and Ben Wileman (Select Genetics) have collaborated with VBS Professor Tim Johnson to develop a series of courses under the “Stackable Poultry Training Program,” which will provide a flexible and adaptable learning experience for students.
 
The program series begins with a signature graduate certificate program. This 12-credit program is the only one of its kind offered in North America and dives into important areas of poultry health, including nutrition and biosafety. Course materials have been developed by leading poultry faculty experts with guidance from industry leaders. This online program is ideal for early- to mid-career professionals interested in advanced understanding of poultry health and disease. Three signature courses offered through the certificate program lay the foundation to the certificate program and master’s degree programs. Students will be provided flexibility to take selected courses or the entire program, depending on their educational needs. The program is designed to be accessible, adaptable, and affordable. Students may register for single courses, or enroll in the full program. All credits completed in the full program can be applied to an M.S. or Master of Professional Studies should a student choose to further their education. The three current programs include:
 
Poultry Certificate Program (12 credits)
 
The certificate program focuses on basic understanding of the avian host as it relates to poultry production systems, the technologies and tools to assess health, and diagnosing and addressing disease. The enhanced knowledge and hands-on experience with applied and/ or molecular tools will position graduates to deal with commonly encountered and investigated issues that arise in poultry production and allied industries.
  • Ideal student: Undergraduate degree (required for certificate program) with a desire for higher-level training in poultry health and disease. Both UMN registered students and non-registered poultry professionals are encouraged to apply.

  • Timeline:

  • Individual courses: 14 weeks (1-3 credits)

  • Full Certificate program: 2-4 semesters (15 credits offered, 12 required)

  • Method of delivery: Most of the Poultry Health Certificate courses will be available completely online and are designed to accommodate working professionals with weekly deadlines.

Master of Science Program in Applied Poultry Science

Course credits will include Poultry Health Certificate courses, meaning that one could fully apply their courses taken under the Poultry Health Certificate towards an M.S. degree. Additional core and elective courses round out the required 20-course credits for a research-based M.S. degree. Students pursuing the research-based M.S. degree have the option to perform their research either on the Minneapolis/Saint Paul campuses, at the Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center campus in Willmar, Minnesota, or through their employer.
  • Ideal student: Undergraduate level education with a desire for higher-level training in poultry health and disease. Both UMN registered students and non-registered poultry professionals are encouraged to apply.

  • Timeline: 4-8 semesters (30 credits total)

  • Method of Delivery: Online/In-Person

Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership (IFSL/CCAPS)
 
The Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership delivers the real-world skills needed to advance your career in the government sector, nonprofit agencies, international organizations, corporations, and more. Course credits taken for the Poultry Health Certificate program can be fully applied towards this degree. Additional core and elective courses round out the required 30-course credits.
  • Ideal student: Undergraduate level education with a desire for higher-level training in poultry health and disease. Both UMN registered students and non-registered poultry professionals are encouraged to apply.

  • Timeline: 5-6 semesters (30 credits)

  • Method of Delivery: Online/In-Person

The College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and the Department of Animal Science have joined forces to teach this series of poultry courses. University of Minnesota poultry health experts including Tim Johnson (VBS), Anup Johny (Animal Science), Carol Cardona (VBS), Dawn Foster Hartnett (VBS), Randy Singer (VBS), Kent Reed (VBS), Erin Cortus (BBE), Abby Schuft (MNEXT Ag), Sally Noll (Animal Science), and Kahina Boukherroub (Animal Science) all have offered their expertise to provide a wide-range of expertise as instructors for the various courses offered.
 
For more information please visit the Stackable Poultry Training Program website.