Eating Disorders & Obesity Certificate Course Descriptions - NIU - Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition & Dietetics

Course Descriptions: Certificate Eating Disorders & Obesity 

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Completion of the certificate program requires 12 semester hours of course work selected from the courses listed below. Courses may be applied toward a MS degree in Applied Family and Child Studies or Nutrition.

Required: NUTR 602 Issues in Eating Disorders and Obesity
It is recommended to take NUTR 602 as the first course in the EDOC sequence of courses.

Choose an additional three courses:

  • NUTR 529 Strategies for Modifying Nutrition Behaviors 
    Exploration of various strategies for assisting individuals and families to make changes in their behaviors related to food and nutrition. Attention given to nutrition counseling and nutrition education. Active participation in applying strategies to case studies and hypothetical situations. 

  • NUTR 616 Nutritional Factors in Obesity and Eating Disorders 
    Interdisciplinary examination of eating disorders within the social and family context. Body image, self-esteem, cultural context, appropriate exercise and nutrition, human development, family science theory, family stress, child abuse, and intervention. Issues related to prevention, intervention, and genetics/physiology. 

  • HDFS 637 The Child in the Family 
    Analysis of the reciprocal influences between family and child in the context of other important socializing influences. The biological, cognitive, affective, and social-personal domains of development are examined. Relevant information is included from historical, philosophical, anthropological, cross-cultural, and psychological perspectives. 
  • HDFS 674 Clothing and Human Behavior 
    Clothing as a reflection of human behavior as related to the concepts from the behavioral sciences. Interpretation of research findings.
  • HDFS 685 Family Stress and Structural Diversity 
    Analysis of the possible problems and strengths of families that have experienced nonnormative stressors or reflect structural diversity.

  • HDFS 701* Problems in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences
    Independent study, individual problems, action, or other research. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.
  • NUTR 702 Biopsychosocial Approaches for Eating Disorders and Obesity
    Understanding of the nature, etiology, developmental course, treatment, and prevention on eating disorders and obesity. Emphasis on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with eating disorders and/or obesity concerns within a multidisciplinary framework.
  • HDFS 705 Introduction to Medical Family Therapy and Counseling
    Crosslisted as CAHC 705X. Introduction to a biopsychosocial/family systems approach to assessment and intervention with patients and families experiencing a physical illness, trauma, or disability. Examination of issues involved in providing mental health services in medical settings. Open only to students admitted to the Medical Family Therapy and Counseling Post Master's Certificate program.

Or choose either:

  • EPS 508 Theories and Research in Adolescent Behavior and Development
    Analysis of theory and research concerning the nature of adolescent development and the implications of such for classroom teachers and other professionals who work with adolescent populations.


  • HDFS 684 The Family with Adolescents
    Developmental tasks of the family with adolescents; parental and adolescent roles, communication networks, adolescent identity and sexuality.

*When topic is related to eating disorders and obesity

Please refer to the graduate catalog for more information on these courses, including prerequisites.