Food Microbiology Industry Short Course

Currently Not Being Taught

Iowa State University
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Iowa State University’s Food Microbiology groups will provide insight on the ecology of microorganisms in foods, detection, and enumeration, isolation, and identification methods for food-borne pathogens, toxins, and contaminants that may occur in a food plant environment. Our course will combine classroom lectures with laboratory environment on the fundamentals of food microbiology and food safety. Attendees will develop a detailed understanding of the methods used to isolate important spoilage microorganisms and food-borne pathogens and the role of food microbiologist in ensuring safe food products. Specific emphasis will be placed on E. coli O157:H7, ListeriaSalmonellaCampylobacter, spoilage and mycotoxigenic fungi, and mycotoxins.

Who Should Attend

  • Food processing managers and technicians
  • Public health professionals
  • Food service professionals with technical backgrounds
  • Practicing microbiologists
  • Quality control, quality assurance, sanitation, and food production

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about characteristics of spoilage, pathogenic, and beneficial microorganisms in the food industry.
  • Learn basic and advanced microbiological techniques for isolating and quantifying microorganisms of public health concern.
  • Understand how to interpret laboratory results and decide what actions need to be taken to control the growth of a particular organism


Example Agenda

Day 1

Time Topic
7-8am Check-In
8-8:15am Welcome and Introductions
8:15-9:00am Introduction to Food Microbiology
9:00-10am Rapid Detection Methods
10am-10:15am Break
10:15-11am Escherichia coli
11-12pm Salmonella
12:00-12:45pm Lunch : Case Study
12:45-1:45pm Listeria monocytogenes
1:45-2:30pm Campylobacter spp. and Staphylococcus
2:30-4:30pm Laboratory Sessions
4:30-5:15pm Introduction to Mold and Mycotoxins
5:15-5:45pm Welcome Reception

Day 2

Time Topic
8:00 – 9:00am Parasites and Viruses
9:00 – 10:00am Laboratory Sessions
10:00 -10:15am Break
10:15 –11:15am Spoilage and Indicator Microorganisms
11:15-12:00pm Other Foodborne Pathogens
12:00– 12:45pm Lunch-Case Study
1:00 – 2:00pm Laboratory Techniques
2:00 – 3:00pm Laboratory Sessions
3:00 – 4:00pm Review of Lab and Question and Answer; Wrap-Up


Check in and activities will begin at 1951 Food Sciences Building. (ISU map with Memorial Union parking and the Food Science Building highlighted)

Cost and Registration

Registration will open 4 months prior to date

Cost for class is $750.00 per participant.  Private courses are offered to food companies throughout the year at Iowa State University or on-site.  Price of private course is dependent on length of course, number of instructors, and travel expenses.


Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa. Interstate 35 runs north and south just east of Ames, and U.S. Highway 30 runs east and west just south of campus. If you are traveling to Ames via Interstate 35, take Exit 111B labeled “30 West.” Travel west on Highway 30, then take Exit 146, the “University Boulevard/ISU” exit. Drive north on University Boulevard to Lincoln Way (the fourth traffic light). At Lincoln Way, turn left (west) past Hilton Coliseum and C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.  Additionally, an interactive campus map is available on-line. A validated parking pass will be available for your use to park in the Memorial Union Parking Ramp. You can enter the parking ramp from Lincoln Way highway.

Is special accommodations are needed, please contact Angela Shaw at or 515-294-0868.


Call one of these great area hotels for accommodations:

Gateway Hotel
2100 Green Hills Drive

Hilton Garden Inn
1325 Dickinson Avenue

Holiday Inn
2609 University Boulevard

Fairfield Inn & Suites
2137 Isaac Newton Drive

Country Inn & Suites
2605 SE 16th Street