Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention (T.O.P.) graduate certificate program by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a graduate certificate program with experiential research training opportunities addressing childhood obesity.

The program will prepare students with the technical and functional competencies needed to conduct research on the behavioral, social, biological, and environmental causes of childhood obesity, as well as skills to develop and implement evidence based transdisciplinary approaches to prevention. Students will expand their understanding of the complex and interacting influences associated with excessive weight gain in children and will be prepared to develop and empirically evaluate intervention programs intended to prevent childhood obesity. This transdisciplinary graduate certificate program will focus on strategies geared toward addressing childhood obesity prevention in underserved minority youth and will train students to engage schools, families, and communities to work together to address this challenge.

Nutrition and Health Science; Child, Youth, and Family Studies; Nursing; and Sociology faculty are collaborating to implement the T.O.P. graduate certificate program. Students will graduate with a Masters or Doctoral degree from their respective college/department and will obtain a T.O.P. program certificate upon completion of their degree, course, and research requirements, and culminating experience exam or project.

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Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.


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Certificate Advisor
Dr. Linda Boeckner

Graduate Secretary
Lori Rausch

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by the department

  • Admission to a graduate program (MS or PhD) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Proposed research statement
  • Two recommendation letters in regards to the T.O.P. program
  • Submission of a letter on why you are interested in pursuing a graduate certificate in Childhood Obesity Prevention and participating in transdisciplinary research
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadline
Fall: March 15; Spring: October 15


The Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Certificate is a 14 credit hour program. To earn the certificate, participants must complete the requisite coursework with grades of B- or greater and successfully complete a PhD or MS. With permission, substitutions of equivalent courses may be accepted for the required courses listed below.


  • NUTR 810: Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention
  • NUTR 910: Research Planning and Grant Writing for Childhood Obesity
  • NUTR 986: Graduate Seminar
  • NUTR 911: Practicum: Experiential Learning Experiences in Childhood Obesity Prevention
  • Graduate level statistics course

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Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

More course information

The Course Catalog provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Jason Cruise.