Online MS Programs in Food Safety - Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance

We’ve all enjoyed a can of Coca-Cola, a pack of chips, and a chocolate bar, but have you ever wondered about the complex processes that ensure the safety of these food items we consume? Food safety and regulation employs an army of professionals that rigorously check the quality of beverages and other processed foods and ensure they meet the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory bodies.

Students who wish to pursue a career in food safety can opt for a master of science (MS) program in food safety regulation. On the other hand, those who wish to work behind the scenes in the healthcare industry as regulatory affairs professionals can opt for an MS in regulatory affairs.

A number of these are also offered online, providing flexibility. Often, these programs are developed in collaboration with governmental agencies and organizations such as the National Institutes for Health (NIH) or FDA. Students interested in food safety examine the relevant regulation submissions and statutes, while those opting for regulatory affairs get instruction in the healthcare enterprise, global regulatory affairs, regulatory compliance, and biostatistics for clinical research.

Depending on the degree they choose, students are prepared to develop food safety regulatory plans, understand regulatory agencies’ roles, and participate in clinical trials. Food safety professionals can work in the food industry or as part of the healthcare industry in roles such as regulatory affairs specialist, controls manager, and quality assurance manager.

The following guide discusses ten online master’s programs in food safety and regulatory affairs, as well as three notable faculty members teaching them

Professors to Know in Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs Programs

  • Darin Detwiler, PhD - Northeastern University

    Dr. Darin Detwiler is an assistant dean of academic and faculty affairs, an assistant teaching professor of food policy, and also serves as the lead faculty for the MS in regulatory affairs of the food and food industry program at Northeastern University. He teaches or has taught courses such as introduction to regulatory affairs of food; the political, social, and economic influences on food policy; food regulations in the European Union; food and NAFTA; and food's economic and social aspects.


    Dr. Detwiler’s work has appeared in the Quality Assurance and Food Safety magazine, Food Safety News, and Global Food Safety Resource. He has won numerous awards, such as a Distinguished Service Award, an Excellence in Teaching Award, and an Outstanding Educator Award. He holds his PhD from Northeastern University, DLP from Northeastern University, MA from the University of Phoenix, and his BE and BA from Western Washington University.

  • Neal Fortin, JD - Michigan State University

    Neal Fortin is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and is also the director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University. He teaches or has taught courses such as U.S. food laws and regulations; international food laws and regulations; regulatory leadership in food law; food and drug law; and codex alimentarius.


    His areas of expertise include food regulation and food laws. Professor Fortin’s research has been published in prominent journals such as the Food and Drug Law Journal, Journal of Food Law & Policy, and Trends in Food Science & Technology. Notably, Neal Fortin received Michigan State University’s Online Food Safety Program’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Professor Fortin completed his JD from Michigan State University; a bachelor of science degree in human Biology from Newman University, and a bachelor of science in botany from the University of Michigan.

  • Emil Wang, JD - Johns Hopkins University

    Emil Wang, a food and drug attorney, is a program coordinator and senior lecturer in the MS in biotechnology and the MS in regulatory science programs. He completed his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.


    Having extensive experience in regulatory affairs and FDA regulation, Emil Wang’s specialty areas include tobacco product and medical device regulation, regulatory compliance, FDA, regulatory affairs, food and drug attorney, and good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations.

Farheen Gani
Farheen Gani

Farheen Gani has written many how-to career, online program, and scholarship guides related to master of healthcare administration degrees since 2018. Some guides she has written include online healthcare management programs, master's in regulatory science programs, and health administration scholarships. She writes about healthcare, technology, education, and marketing. Her work has appeared on websites such as Tech in Asia and Foundr, as well as top SaaS blogs such as Zapier and InVision. You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter (@FarheenGani).

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