Program Articles

Focus on Food Production Recap

This August, three instructors and nineteen participants from across the University of Minnesota and Chiang Mai University in Thailand explored two complex food systems in the week-long Focus on Food Production program. 

100% of participants said program expanded their understanding of food production systems

Certificate Program Turns One

This May the first cohort of UMN graduate students completed the Food Systems Leadership program. Participants from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences were recognized and awarded certificates of completion at a lunch on June 3rd.

Kosovo Farm to Table

Farm to Table seminar brings One Health perspective to Kosovo’s future food system and animal health leaders

Just back from two weeks in Kosovo, Transformational Leadership Project principal investigator Dr. Karin Hamilton is encouraged by the enthusiasm of students across the food safety and animal health spectrum for working together to build a strong, safe food system in the developing country.


Global Health Institute 2016

Global Health Institute - Thailand (GHIT) is an annual activity involving intensive training and comprehensive short courses to encourage application of One Health essential skills and competencies. A researcher conference is held during the GHIT to complement the training and enhance networking and collaboration. The program is designed to foster collective action for the benefit of public health, food security and ecosystem health.

Farm to Table 2015 - Chile

The 2015 Farm to Table program took place November 15-20. The program allowed participants to explore firsthand the leading exporting animal food production systems from farm-to-table in Chile.

Multiple locations were visited in the areas of aquaculture (salmon production), beef (fresh meat and ready to eat products), and dairy (milk and cheese) as these production systems are considered key for exportation to the United States, European Union, and other markets. 

Food Systems Leadership Certificate Program Launched

What type of professional development program leaps from the sex life of aphids to a shower-in/shower-out hog facility in southern Minnesota, pausing along the way to learn about the business of food from agriculture cooperatives, family businesses, and publicly held corporations? It’s the Food Systems Leadership Program, a series of three week-long intensive sessions that kicked off in August with Session 1: Focus on Food Production.

Global Health Institute 2014

The 2014 Global Health Institute was held in Chiang Mai Thailand this February. The Institute provided an opportunity for global participants learn and work together on the impact of globalization on health and identify strategies that support a healthy and productive global workforce. Lead by instructors from the University of Minnesota and multiple educational institutions in Thailand the two week Institute provided intensive focus on One Health Leadership, cross-species surveillance, comparative public health systems and policies, and analytic epidemiology & field pathology.

Conducting a Symphony- The Prince Mahidol Awards Conference

The Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC) is held each January in Bangkok, Thailand, in honor of its namesake who is revered as the country’s father of public health. This year, nearly 1000 professionals from academia, government, NGOs, and private industry convened to discuss One Health cross-sectoral approaches in fighting infectious diseases. PMAC was attended by several people from the University of Minnesota, including GIFSL director Dr. Will Hueston, veterinary public health resident Dr.