Focus on Food Systems Leadership

This program is now being offered as the Integrated Food Systems Leadership Program (IFSL). Visit their website for more information, inquiries, or applications. 

IFSL: Creating the leaders of tomorrow


The Integrated Food Systems Leadership (IFSL) program will develop leaders with robust knowledge, competencies, and “Know-How” about food system interrelationships within the global food supply.

The IFSL program is specifically designed for working professionals affiliated with any aspect of the food system – production, policy, safety, and business. It is ideal for aspiring or new leaders seeking to increase their leadership, expand their food system perspective, take on additional responsibility, and improve effectiveness in their organization. The program focuses on developing leadership and critical thinking skills using a food systems approach to enhance collaboration across disciplines the farm-to-fork food system.

Advantages of the Integrated Food Systems Leadership Program

Efficient. Earn your University of Minnesota Regent’s Certificate in 13 months with limited time on campus at the University of Minnesota.

Flexible. Primarily online curriculum gives you the ability to complete your studies while still working full-time.

Networking. Work across disciplines with classmates and instructors whose backgrounds span industry, academia, government agencies, and inter-governmental organizations.

Personal. Each cohort consists of 20-30 students resulting in an intimate educational experience. The diversity of student backgrounds in each cohort provides a rich learning environment.

Collaboration. Enhance your ability to collaborate effectively across disciplines including production, processing, supply chain, regulation, policy, food safety, food security, product development, business and marketing, consumer demands, and communication.

Program Format

The program is delivered in a learning cohort model that blends online and on-campus coursework. All students start the program together and progress through the same curriculum, providing opportunities to learn and work together. Most of the coursework is online; students spend 8 days (two sessions) on campus over 13 months.


Applications to the IFSL program are accepted on a rolling basis. New cohorts start each May.

Focus on Food Systems Leadership


Deb Freedman