Master of Science in One Health Food Safety


Food-borne diseases (FBD) cause great human suffering and significant economic losses. Dangerous pathogens and contaminants transmitted by food are on the increase and spread through trade, travel and tourism, among others. Globally, the frequency of emerging and re-emerging diseases and food safety threats, and their impact on human health have increased over recent decades. Food safety, therefore, is critical to the safeguarding of public health and governments all over the world are intensifying their efforts to improve the safety of food supplied to citizenry.

Provision of safe food requires understating of food safety hazards that may be physical or chemical. These are quite significant in spoilage of food, with some spoilage leading to foodborne illnesses and disease. Therefore, students enrolled in this programme will gain skills and knowledge in food safety. The programme will provide an in-depth study of microbiological tools involved in ensuring food safety. Furthermore, the formulation of this Master of Science in One Health Food Safety (MSC OHFS) training originates from the conviction that solutions to our human health problems should be approached in a multi-disciplinary perspective level. This programme is part of ACEIDHA overall project aimed at developing research capacity, and skills in One Health food safety and zoonoses, as well as designing a strategy of improving human and animal health through capacity building.


The following shall be eligible to apply for the Master’s degree in One Health Food Safety at the University of Zambia:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Biomedical fields of study shall be formally required.
  • Graduates from any recognized University in the field of biological sciences, Medicine, Public health, Veterinary Medicine, Environmental Health, Nursing, Food Science, Agricultural sciences, Social Sciences and any other related field of study.
  • Candidates with observed deficiencies in particular areas will be required to undertake bridging courses.
  • A minimum of credit or two years of working experience will be an added advantage.
  • Candidates wishing to pursue course(s) under this program may be considered and will be awarded a certificate upon successful completion. Such candidates shall not be eligible for the award of MSc in One Health Food Safety.

Postgraduate Fees

Please note that:

  • Registration requires payment of fees.
  • All fees meant for the University should be paid into the UNZA Directorate Postgraduate Account OR by cheque into the same account.
  • Fees meant to cover Costs related to student welfare and research costs should be paid to the student.
  • In the event of a student withdrawing from studies, tuition and other fees may not be refunded in full.
How to Apply

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