Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention (Certificate)


Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention, Cert

On Campus 15 - 16 cr

Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention (T.O.P.), offered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and South Dakota State University, 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 offer the T.O.P. graduate certificate program. Students will graduate with a master's or doctoral degree from their college/department plus a T.O.P. certificate upon completion of their degree, course, and research requirements, and culminating experience exam or project.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • 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

Admission Deadlines

Fall: March 15; Spring: October 15

NOTE: When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

Certificate Advisor

Linda Boeckner

Support Staff

Diane Brown

Tuition & Fees

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

UNL Graduate Chairs and staff please complete the program update form to provide edits. Updates to graduate program pages are made on an annual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Application for Admission.