The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) was established between the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the University of Maryland (UM) in April 1996. The Institute is a jointly administered, multidisciplinary research, education and outreach program.

The Institute fosters the missions of FDA and the University through the creation of partnerships to increase the quantity and quality of research, which will provide the basis for sound public health policy.  It promotes food safety, human nutrition, and animal health and production through integrated research, education, and outreach programs.  Opportunities exist for collaborative projects with Federal and state agencies, private industry, consumer and trade groups, and international organizations with mutual interests.

The increasing emphasis on risk-based decision making and the increasingly global nature of the food supply have resulted in the use of risk analysis to systematically address food safety issues worldwide. This has created a need to educate food safety and other public health professionals about the principles of food safety risk analysis and the tools and techniques required to apply this approach.

JIFSAN offers in classroom, online courses to meet your professional needs in learning how to do risk analysis.

What You Will Learn

  • Know and understand the terminology of food safety risk analysis and risk analysis in general
  • Understand how food safety and other health decisions are made utilizing risk analysis
  • Know systematic approaches, tools and techniques to address specific food safety problems
  • Have the knowledge to participate in the risk management decision process
  • Understand how to communicate effectively about risk with peers, managers, and stakeholders


Online (courses taught completely online)

Food Safety Risk Analysis Online Courses:

  1. Overview of Risk Analysis
  2. Risk Management
  3. Risk Assessment
  4. Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Assessment

In-Class (Maryland, USA)

Food Safety Risk Analysis Training Program:

  1. Overview of Risk Analysis
  2. Risk Management
  3. Risk Assessment
  4. Introduction to Risk Communication
  5. Risk Communication
  6. Quantitative Risk Assessment
  7. Introductory/Intermediate Quantitative Risk Assessment for Food Safety
  8. Advanced Quantitative Risk Assessment
  9. Global Food Law & Regulation
  10. Epidemiology for Risk Analysis

Other Specialized JIFSAN Training Opportunities:

Our Program

The JIFSAN Food Safety Risk Analysis Training Program was created in 1997 to meet the demand of regulatory and scientific communities within the different federal food safety agencies in United States in the area of food safety and risk analysis.

As the language, tools, and techniques of risk analysis advance and become more widely adopted, professionals across a broad spectrum of fields seek to develop this proficiency, and therefore since its development, JIFSAN Risk Analysis courses have trained over 1,600 professionals from over 50 different countries.

The JIFSAN Food Safety Risk Analysis Training Program intends to meet the needs of federal agencies, ministries, state and provincial governments, academics, industry, trade and consumer groups, and economic, legislative and legal professionals.

JIFSAN offers in classroom and online training courses that meet your professional needs. The figure below shows recent growth in participation through the various venues. This growth is due in part to the addition of new courses (such as our 1-day Risk Communication course) over the years in response to the popularity of our training program.


JIFSAN also offers customized training courses both on-site and off-site depending on the needs of the country/company.

Here are the locations of these customized courses:


To inquire about how JIFSAN can help meet your training goals please contact Dr. Clare Narrod at cnarrod@umd.edu.