Program Overview

UMass Extension and Department of Nutrition collaborated with state and national partners on a three-phase study to examine barriers to successful exam completion among under-educated or limited English proficient school food service employees. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to examine learners' needs, exam items, and educational materials.

Findings from Phase I and Phase II led to the development of the Food Safety Word List, designed to help food service workers understand important food safety terms and concepts.

In Phase III, food service educators were surveyed about the food manager certification course, materials they used, and participants they teach.

For more information about this study, contact:

Elena T. Carbone, DrPH, RD, LDN
Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition
University of Massachusetts
Chenoweth Lab
100 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9282

Rita Brennan Olson, MS
Nutrition Education and Training Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Education
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148-5023

For more information about the National Advisory Committee to this program, click here.