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Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention (TOP) Graduate Certificate Program

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Pictured (left to right), Back Row: Becky Jensen, Jessica Meendering, Tara Shafrath, Howard Wey, Kendra Kattelmann; Front Row: Lacey McCormack, Hope Kleine, Mary Bowne, Elizabeth Droke.  Not pictured: Suzanne Stluka

Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention (TOP) Graduate Certificate Program

The Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention (TOP) graduate certificate is a graduate certificate program aimed to engage students in transdisciplinary approaches to childhood obesity prevention through coursework and community based experiential learning opportunities. This program is unique, as it provides expertise in a job market that is desperate for trained professionals in the prevention of childhood obesity. The program will expose students to a variety of disciplines involved in the prevention of childhood obesity, allow students the opportunity to design childhood obesity prevention initiatives, and prepare students to conduct transdisciplinary research on the behavioral, social, biological, and environmental causes of childhood obesity. Students will develop skills required to implement evidence based transdisciplinary approaches to prevention. Faculty from Nutrition, Exercise Science, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing work collaboratively with SDSU Extension to implement the TOP graduate certificate program.  Students will obtain a TOP program certificate upon completion of the requirements for both the certificate and the Masters or Doctoral degree from their respective college.

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*Any graduate student currently pursuing their Master's or Doctoral degree is eligible to enroll in the TOP Program.

Program Support
The SDSU/UNL TOP graduate program is supported by the National Research Initiative Grant no. 2011-67002-30202 from the Food and Agriculture Division of Nutrition.

Why students pursue TOP graduate certification?

TOP Certificate Program Requirements

Our TOP Students

TOP Student Research Spotlight

Where are They Now?

South Dakota State University TOP Program Contact:

Jessica Meendering, PhD, EP-C
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences
SIM 116 Box 2203
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007
Telephone: 605.688.5949
Fax: 605.688.6110
jessica.meendering@sdstate.edu