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

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

Choose an additional three courses:

  • FCNS 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. Prerequisite: FCNS 309 and FCNS 310, or consent of school.

  • FCNS 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. 
    Prerequisite: Consent of department

  • FCNS 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. Prerequisite: Consent of school

  • FCNS 650* Workshop in Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences
    Workshop designed for professional personnel to study current issues, trend, and programs in a specialized area. Topic announced. May be repeated. Maximum of 6 semester hours of workshops may be applied toward master’s degree. Prerequisite: Consent of school

  • FCNS 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. Prerequisite: FCNS 464 or consent of school

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

  • FCNS 685 Family Stress and Structural Diversity 
    Analysis of the possible problems and strengths of families that have experienced nonnormative stressors or reflect structural diversity. Prerequisite: FCNS 500B or consent of school

  • FCNS 701* Problems in Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences
    Independent study, individual problems, action, or other research. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prerequisite: Consent of school.

*When topic is related to eating disorders and obesity