Obesity Prevention and Weight Management

The Interdisciplinary Obesity Prevention and Weight Management certificate is a 12-credit graduate certificate offered through the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP). The certificate recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of obesity and offers students concentrated exposure to foundational concepts and opportunities to dive deeper into broad topic areas such as the nutritional, exercise, and behavioral sciences as well as policy. The certificate program recognizes that there are multiple drivers of the obesity epidemic and challenges students to explore solutions for obesity at various levels and settings (e.g., from prevention to treatment, from childhood to adult, from individual to policy). Students who earn this graduate certificate will be better equipped to engage in interdisciplinary research and clinical care on obesity-related issues and collaborate across knowledge silos with the goal of understanding, preventing, and treating obesity. No prior experience with, or knowledge of obesity prevention or weight management is required, but prior coursework in research methods, nutrition, kinesiology, or behavioral sciences may be helpful.

Requirements: Students are required to take CHIP 5000, plus three additional elective courses (three credits each), one from each of the three areas below, as approved by the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Obesity Prevention and Weight Management Committee. Students are allowed, but not required, to take one elective course in their home department. The certificate requires completing all four courses while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each required course.

Electives courses (minimum of one course from each category):

This certificate is offered by the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy.