What will I learn?

Program Information

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.

Course Delivery Format

The core classes within the TOP program are delivered in hybrid and face to face format. The face to face course is a practicum course in which students will have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning in the community setting via collaboration with SDSU Extension.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

The College of Education and Human Sciences and the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences offers a limited number of qualified graduate student applicants scholarships as well as funded assistantships. Additionally, the department offers a number of opportunities for students to be involved. The student organizations provide opportunities for professional development and social interaction through numerous events on campus as well as service learning projects. Travel opportunities are available, including regional and national conferences.

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Human Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (9 - 10 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $465.80 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January 2022


South Dakota State University

1175 Medary Avenue,


South Dakota,

57006, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Student must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional admission.

A minimum TOEFL score of 527 paper-based, 197 computer-based, or 71 Internet based, or IELTS score of 5.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.