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Graduate Certificate in Eating Disorders & Obesity


The Certificate of Graduate Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity is the only 12 credit program in the nation utilizing the study of Nutrition, Family Studies, and Body Image to assist students and current professionals in obtaining knowledge and developing skills related to the prevention and management of obesity and eating disorders.

Program Characteristics

  • Study the interrelationships among theories of human development, family systems, family stress, exercise, and nutrition and the occurrence of eating disorders and obesity.
  • Distinguish between the characteristics of obesity, eating disorders, and disordered eating.
  • Examine the cultural context that shapes and reflects Western ideals for appearance, family relationships, and eating habits.
  • Critique programs designed to prevent obesity and eating disorders.
  • Critique current interventions for weight management and treatment of disorders and their effectiveness.
  • Enhance competency in working with eating disorders and obesity in your area of professional practice.
  • Identify roles and importance of interdisciplinary members in the treatment of eating disorders and obesity.

Who should complete this program?

Practitioners in Marriage and Family Therapy or Dietetics may use the program to enhance their skills in treating eating disorders and obesity.  Other professionals in various fields may use the program to prepare to prevent these disorders.

If you have questions regarding NIU's Graduate Certificate in Eating Disorders & Obesity, please contact:

Amy Ozier
PhD,RD,LDN, Facilitator
Certificate of Graduate Study in Eating Disorders & Obesity
Northern Illinois University
Phone: (815) 753-5050
aozier@niu.edu