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Youth Programs

Various food-related programs are available to youth through UNL extension activities. These often include partnering with other organizations.


4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Youth ages 5-19 who are involved in the 4-H program are uniquely prepared to step up to the challenges of a complex, changing world. The 4-H Youth Development Program is sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension and is supported by volunteer leaders, local government, the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, the land-grant university system, and the United States Department of Agriculture. 4-H food-related Resources


ProStart is a two year program for high school juniors and seniors interested in a career in foodservice and the hospitality industry. Students delve into everything from management skills, the preparation of soups and sauces to sanitation, accounting, inventory control and customer service.

ProStart is offered in many high schools through their Family and Consumer Science department; check with your high school department for further information. Mentoring, skill development and help with competitions is provided by UNL staff.

For more information:

Nebraska Restaurant Association/ProStart

National Restaurant Association/ProStart

Food Handler Training

Citizens in Lancaster County, Nebraska* can complete their Food Handler Training online, 24/7, for any of these permits:

  • A Serve/Clean Permit (unit 1) should take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
  • A Prep/Cook Permit (units 1 and 2) should take 2 to 3 hours to complete.
  • A Restricted/Shift Manager Permit (units 1, 2 and 3) should take about 3.5 to 4 hours to complete.

*Check for a similar program in your community.

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Graduate Programs

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) offers several food-related Master’s Degree and PhD graduate programs in a variety of academic disciplines. Many of these programs are interdisciplinary.

Online Graduate Degrees and Certificates

UNL offers the following food-related graduate certificate and Master’s Degree as distance education through Extended Education and Outreach (EE&O). Check the individual Web page to learn more about the programs, entrance requirements and how to apply.

Food Science & Technology: Graduate Certificate in Food Safety & Defense

Nutrition and Health Sciences: M.S. in Nutrition and Health Sciences with Dietetics specialization

To explore additional online offerings in other academic areas, visit the complete list of graduate programs from UNL Office of Graduate Studies.

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Undergraduate Majors

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) offers several food-related undergraduate majors in a variety of academic disciplines. Many of these programs are interdisciplinary.

Online and Distance Education

UNL offers a variety of undergraduate courses and programs for on-campus and distance students, including food-related courses. UNL’s Extended Education and Outreach (EE&O) offers independent study through open enrollment, semester-based, and summer courses.

Meat Culinology ® Certificate Program
Culinology® — the science of food design and development — blends culinary art and science. UNL is the first institution to develop a Meat Culinology® Certificate program and invites you to become a part of this exciting program.