Certificate of Graduate Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity

About the Program

If you wish to further your specialization in the field of eating disorders and behavior change, consider pursuing our Certificate of Graduate Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity. It will enhance your knowledge, awareness and skills related to the biopsychosocial model of behavior as it pertains to topics such as eating, food and body image. It's an ideal certificate to pair with another degree in a health-related area of study. 

This certificate will provide you with access to cutting-edge research and best practices for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. You'll also explore traditional models for supporting behavior change, such as Health at Every Size, along with new, evidence-based paradigms.

If you're in nutrition/dietetics, you can be placed at a behavioral healthcare site for eating disorders through a dietetic internship. If you're already a professional, some organizations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, provide continuing education units for the completion of the eating disorders and obesity certificate.

Career Opportunities

When you pair this certificate with another degree in an area such as nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology, counseling, or marriage and family therapy, your career opportunities can include:

  • Behavioral health dietitian.
  • Community nutrition dietitian.
  • Exercise physiologist or fitness leader.
  • Health educator.
  • Private practitioner working with eating disorders and behavior change.


You must take NUTR 602 - Issues in Eating Disorders and Obesity and NUTR 616 - Nutritional Factors in Obesity and Eating Disorders. You can choose from a variety of courses for your additional credit hours.

More information can be found in the NIU course catalog. Please note that not all courses are offered online.

Applying to the Program

Start your application now with the NIU Graduate School.

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online graduate certificate
College: College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Health Studies
Credits Required: 12 credits
Tuition per Credit: $689.75 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring December 1

For international students living abroad

Term Deadline
Fall October 1
Spring December 1


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