Food Studies

Connect and learn alongside UCLA graduate students to combat food issues faced by our communities as well as globally. This certificate is designed to investigate food issues and address complex topics spanning food cultures and histories, nutrition and public health, food policy and food justice, urban planning, and agrifood systems and the environment.

Please Note

The Food Student Certificate is undergoing a program restructure. New student applications are not being accepted at this time. To be notified when the certificate relaunches, email sustainability@uclaextension.edu.

This program is perfect for...

  • Food industry professionals seeking marketable skills by broadening their education and understanding of food issues
  • Students seeking to pursue food studies graduate degrees

What you can learn.

  • Explore the interdisciplinary dimensions of food in subject areas that include agriculture, anthropology, geography, law, nutrition, public health, public policy, social sciences and more
  • Develop critical thinking skills about global issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, all while getting your hands dirty and make use of your practical skills
  • Learn to collaborate between community members and the research community to open up avenues for change and new ideas for personalize research projects
  • Connect with researchers to open up avenues for change and personalize research projects


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Students must complete 4 of the following courses:
Typically Offered: Spring
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Winter
Typically Offered: Summer

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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