Bachelor of Public Health - Food Safety
Brief information about program
Type of studies: Bachelor's studies
Duration: 4 years
Degree: Bachelor of Public Health, Food Safety program
ECTS credits: 240
The Food Safety study program is aimed to prepare the professionals devoted to the application of their skills and knowledge for the protection and improvement of public health through ensuring and enhancing food safety along food production chain and by reducing human exposure to chemical and biological hazards arising from the food consumption.
Coursework is organized into semesters: students have 5-7 subjects every semester. A few compulsory placements must be completed at food-related laboratories, food industry, veterinary services or bodies responsible for safety in the food chain.
Evaluation of performance
Examinations are taken upon completion of each subject. The studies are completed by a bachelor's thesis defense.
Competencies you gain
Graduates in food safety will have the ability to:
- analyze and assess the safety aspects of raw materials and food products in relation to human health, covering the entire food chain;
- implement and manage food safety control systems and measures in technological processes;
- carry out research on the quality and safety of food products;
- work effectively in food enterprises and research laboratories applying quality management systems;
- consult on food safety and quality issues regarding public health;
- implement the control of food production chain from raw materials to a consumer assuring public health.
Graduates can work in state and international institutions, laboratories, food establishments, supermarkets, catering companies, educational institutions, public health centers, pharmaceutical enterprises as well as the State Food and Veterinary Service and its subordinate institutions.
Graduates can enter master's degree programs and thereafter may also consider undertaking further study for a Ph.D.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the only institution in Lithuania to award master's degrees and qualifications in veterinary surgery and professional food safety. Graduates are able to practice in private and state institutions. Veterinary doctors can diagnose animal diseases, treat animals, apply prophylactic measures, monitor the transfer of animal diseases and food chain safety, conduct research and present their knowledge, solve complex veterinary-related problems, as well as apply gained abilities and knowledge in different activities and further self-education. Food safety managers can analyze and assess the safety aspects of food products and raw materials in relation to human health, covering the entire food chain. They design and manage food safety control systems in the manufacturing process and are familiar with general quality control and management systems.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has 75 years of deeply rooted traditions in teaching veterinary professionals. Students are offered very convenient facilities: the classrooms, laboratories, and clinics are located in one area, and the dormitories are also nearby.
The Faculty has numerous agreements with the food industry, animal clinics, pharmaceutical companies and establishments where students can gain practical skills.
The Faculty consists of 4 departments, 2 animal clinics, and the Pathology Centre and presently has more than 1,300 students, including 10 international students. Undergraduate courses in Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Food Safety are available to international students in English.