Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Assistant Professor

Public Health Focus/Interests:
Dr. Moyer develops and teaches graduate-level courses and course materials for the Division of Public Health and also the Master of Science in Food Safety Online at MSU. Course topics include the public health risks of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, food packaging and toxicants, food allergens, quantifying food risk, enterprise resource management, and food fraud.

Dr. Moyer is actively engaged in Food Fraud research as part of the MSU Food Fraud Initiative. There he develops and delivers course material via MOOCs (massive open online courses), executive education sessions, and workshops. His research addresses the public health risk of various types of Food Frauds in a globalized economy.


Doctor of Philosophy, 2013
Dissertation: Influences of Organizational Behavior on Corporate Packaging Decision Makers for Durable (Repairable) Goods Producers
School of Packaging, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Master of Science, Multidisciplinary Technology, 1991
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Bachelor of Science, 1983
School of Packaging, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Public Health Courses Taught:

HM 804: Public Health Administration
HM 833: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and Public Health
HM 834: Advanced Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals: Analysis and Assessment
HM 893 Public Health Capstone


Professional Experience/Expertise:

VM 810: Food Safety Introduction & Professional Development (course material development and delivery)

VM 812: Food Safety Toxicology (course material development and delivery)

VM 815: Applied Food Safety (student advisor)

VM 821: Food Protection & Defense (course material development and delivery)

VM 824: Global Food Safety (course material development and delivery)

VM 834: Quantifying Food Risk (short course development)

VM 834: Enterprise Resource Management (short course development)

VM TBD: Food Fraud (in process; course material development and delivery)

Global Packaging Engineering Manager, Ford Motor Company (2000- 2009)


Professional Activities or Current Research:

Food Fraud Policy and Regulations

Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment

Quantifying Food Risk

Food Fraud Awareness and Overview


Recent Publications, Presentations (2010 to present):

Chapter 15: Food Fraud, In: Food Safety in China – Past, Present, and Future (English): Science, Technology, Management and Regulation. Wu, Yongning; Miao, Hong; Shao, Bing; Zhang, Jing; Spink, John & Moyer, Douglas C (May 2017). Editors Jen, Joseph Jwu-shan and Chen, Junshi, Wiley & Sons, New York City.

The economics of a food fraud incident–Case studies and examples including Melamine in Wheat Gluten. Moyer, Douglas C., DeVries, J. W., & Spink, J. (2017). Food Control, 71, 358-364.

The role of the public private partnership in Food Fraud prevention—includes implementing the strategy. Spink, John, Moyer, Douglas. C., & Whelan, Peter (2016). Current Opinion in Food Science, Volume 10, Pages 68-75.

Introducing the Food Fraud Initial Screening Model (FFIS). Spink J, Moyer DC, Speier-Pero C. (2016). Food Control 2016 Nov 30; 69:306-14.

Food Fraud Prevention: Policy, Strategy, and Decision-Making – Implementation Steps for a Government Agency or Industry. Spink, J, Fortin, ND, Moyer, DC, Wu, Y, & Miao, H. (2016) CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry, Volume 70, Number 5, May 2016, pp. 320-328(9).

Addressing the Risk of Product Fraud: A Case Study of the Nigerian Combating Counterfeiting and Sub-Standard Medicines Initiatives. Spink J, Moyer DC, Rip MR. (2016). Journal of Forensic Science & Criminology, 2016 Apr 27;4(1):1.

Introducing Food Fraud including translation and interpretation to Russian, Korean, and Chinese languages. Spink, J. W., Moyer, D. C., Park, H., Wu, Y., Fersht, V., Shao, B., & Hong, M. (2015, December 15). Food Chemistry, 189, 102-107. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.09.106.

Food fraud prevention – beyond adulterants and to decision-making. Spink, J. & Moyer, DC. (2014). New Food Magazine, Volume 17, Issue 5, November 2014

Development of a Product Counterfeiting Incident Cluster Tool. John Spink, Douglas C Moyer, Hyeonho Park and Justin A Heinonen (2014). Crime Science 2014, 3:3 doi: 10.1186/s40163-014-0003-4

It's More Than Food Defense. (January 2014). Food Online

Defining the Types of Counterfeiters, Counterfeiting, Offender Organizations. John Spink, Douglas C Moyer, Hyeonho Park and Justin A Heinonen (2013). Crime Science 2013, 2:8 doi:10.1186/2193-7680-2-8

Understanding and Combatting Food Fraud. Spink, J. and Moyer, D. C. (2013). Food Technology magazine

Implementing brand protection strategies – top considerations. (April 2013) Package Development Playbook, edited by Packaging World

Anti-Counterfeiting Countermeasures - Tactics Evolving to Strategies. John Spink, Douglas C Moyer (September, 2012). Package World magazine

Defining the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud. Spink, J. and Moyer, D. C. (2011). Journal of Food Science, 76: R157–R163. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2011.02417.x

Defining Food Fraud and the Chemistry of the Crime: An Overview. Spink, J, and Moyer, D. C., (October 2010). Food Engineering and Ingredients

Oral Presentation, “Food Fraud Prevention – How to Start”, BRC Food Safety Americas, Orlando, 2017

Oral Presentation, "Intelligent Packaging to Inhibit Food Fraud, Reduce Food Waste, and Market Food", Institute for Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, July 2016

Oral Presentation, “The Role of Technology and Testing in Food Fraud Prevention”, BRC Food Safety Americas, Tampa, 2016

Oral Presentation, Food Defense Module, HACCP Certification course, Food Safety Summit, Baltimore, 2015

Oral Presentation, “Developing a Food Fraud Prevention Program”, BRC Food Safety Americas, Orlando, 2015

Webinar, “Public Health Risk of Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals”, Audio Educators, 2014

Webinar, “Food Safety for Non-Foodies”, Audio Educators, 2014

Oral Presentation, "Defining Food Fraud and Public Health Risk", Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association Annual Conference, Scottsdale, 2014

Webinar, “Defining Food Fraud and the Public Health Risk”, Audio Educators, 2014

Oral Presentation and Webinar, “Food Fraud Overview and Update”, Food Safety Summit 2014, Baltimore

Oral Presentation, "Food Defense, Packaging & Preventive Controls", HACCP Certification Training, Food Safety Summit 2014, Baltimore

Oral Presentation and Webinar, "Packaging Decision-Making for Automotive Service Parts", School of Packaging,

Oral Presentation, “The Public Health Risks of Food and Pharmaceutical Frauds”, Michigan Environmental Health Association, Annual Education Conference, Big Rapids, MI, 2014

Oral Presentation, “Packaging Decision-Making for Automotive Service Parts”, MSU School of Packaging, 2014

Oral Presentation, “Food and Drug Supply Chain Security in the US”, Smart Logis 2014, Seoul, 2014

Oral Presentation, “Food Fraud FREE-B”, NCAFDO Annual Training Conference, Kalamazoo, MI, 2013

Oral Presentation, “Defining the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud”, MDARD Food and Dairy Division Annual Training Conference, Higgins Lake, 2013

Oral Presentation and Discussion Panel Member, "Understanding Counterfeiting Fraud", Law & Economics Center's Public Policy Institute on Counterfeiting & Piracy, George Mason University School of Law, Gorton, CT, 2013

Oral Presentation, “The Basics of Economic Adulteration”, Economic Adulteration Conference, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis, 2013

Oral Presentation, “Counterfeiting Practices within the Medical Device Industry”, Fighting Economic Adulteration in the Marketplace, Louisville, 2013

Oral Presentation, Co-presented with Spink, J., “Defining the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud”, Food Safety Summit Resource Center, PackExpo, Chicago, 2012

Oral Presentation, “Defining the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud”, Michigan’s Premiere Public Health Conference, Big Rapids, 2012

Oral Presentation, “Defining the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud”, Product Authentication and Brand Protection Conference, Chicago, 2012

Oral Presentation, “Defining the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud”, 13th Annual Illinois Food Safety Symposium, Bloomington, IL, 2012

Oral Presentation, “Influences of Organizational Behavior on Corporate Packaging Decision Makers for Durable (Repairable) Goods Producers”, 18th International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI) World Packaging Conference, Cal Poly, 2012

Oral Presentation, “Defining the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud”, Food Defense Strategy Exchange, Washington DC, 2012

Oral Presentation, “Defining the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud”, Indiana Food Safety and Defense Task Force, Indianapolis, 2012

Oral Presentation, “Defining Food Fraud”, Critical Research Needs in Food and Packaging Industry, Michigan State University, 2011

Paper Presentation, “Definition of the Type of Counterfeiters, Type of Counterfeiting, and Definition of Defense Options”, Spink and Moyer, Intellectual Property Rights Center (IPRC) 2011 Symposium, Washington DC

Poster Presentation, “Counterfeiting and Piracy: Measurement Issues of Economic Impact Estimates”, for Fejes and Spink, IPRC 2011 Symposium, Washington DC

Oral Presentation, “Defining Food Fraud”, Food, Glorious Food Symposium, Wageningen UR, 2011

Oral Presentation, “Categorizing the Types of Risks to Public Health from Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals”, 25th IAPRI Symposium on Packaging, Berlin, 2011

Oral Presentation, “Review of Package Warning Labels and Their Effect on Consumer Behavior with Insights to Future Anti-Counterfeit Strategy of Label and Communication Systems”, for Spink, Singh, and Singh, 25th IAPRI Symposium on Packaging, Berlin, 2011

Poster Presentation, Moyer, D. C., and Spink, J., "Nigerian Anti-Counterfeiting Initiatives", MSU School of Criminal Justice 75th Anniversary Symposium, 2011

Oral Presentation, “Categorizing the Types of Risks to Public Health from Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals”, Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) 2010 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City

Co-Oral Presentation with Spink, J., "Research Overview: Defining the Public Health Impact of Food Fraud", National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, 2010

Oral and Poster Presentation, “Sustainable Packaging Opportunities in the Restaurant Industry”, Global Plastics Environmental Conference 2010 – Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Orlando


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