The Behavior and Health Graduate Certificate enhances the preparation of professionals in a wide range of health care services, exercise promotion, rehabilitation programs, and other programs and services related to behavior and health. Health problems caused by poor lifestyle choices such as physical inactivity and poor nutritional choices have devastating consequences related to individual quality of life and also have a negative economic impact associated with the high cost of treating chronic health problems. The CBH certificate provides an educational opportunity for individuals in the community working in health promotion settings to update their knowledge and improve their professional practice in their workplace. Additionally, for currently enrolled students, the CBH certificate makes a credential available that documents their preparation in applied areas of changing health behavior and health promotion. The Graduate Certificate in Behavior and Health does not prepare students for licensure examinations or other certificates to provide counseling in any of the related fields and does not lead to professional credentials in nutrition, physical activity, rehabilitation programs, or counseling.
Courses in the CBH certificate focus on understanding problems related to behavior and health and to discover ways to mitigate their impact. The certificate requires completion of six courses (18 credit hours), with at least three courses at the 7000 level. Students take two courses (six credits) in each of the focus areas in the certification: Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Psychology/Counselor Education, selected from the course options listed in this table.
For additional information, please visit the departmental website. For questions, please contact the School of Kinesiology at 225-578-2036.