U of M Obesity Coursework
Students can find basic coursework that will help them become more acquainted with obesity, along with more advanced coursework which can send them on their way to a career in research. The following courses are offered on the Twin Cities University of Minnesota campus.
PUBH 7392-Obesity Research Group Seminar (Readings in Epidemiology)
FALL/SPRING | 1.0 credits
This seminar course has a monthly speaker followed by a journal article discussion. Contact Melissa Laska (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information. Contact Kerrin Brelje (email@example.com) for information about how to register.
PUBH 3950/6950 – From Kid to Community: Personal, Social, & Environmental Influences on Youth Obesity
FALL every year | Online course | 2.0 credit
This course provides an overview of public health strategies for the
prevention of pediatric obesity. The course includes an overview of the epidemiology of child and adolescent obesity with a focus on
social-ecological risk factors. Extensive discussion on the implications
of these risk factors for developing environmentally-focused
interventions and programs is included. The development of this course was supported by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture (2012-70003-19985, PI: M. Laska).
PUBH 3955/6955 – Using Policy to Address Child & Adolescent Obesity Prevention
SPRING every year | Online course | 1.0 credit
This course provides an overview of federal, state, and local policy
approaches and national initiatives for the prevention of child and
adolescent obesity. Specific examples of relevant policies are discussed at the local, state and federal levels, including discussion on the evidence of impact of policies on child and adolescent overweight, as well as racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities. The use of evidence in the policy decision-making process is also addressed. The development of this course was supported by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture (2012-70003-19985, PI: M. Laska).
PUBH 6000 – Obesity & Eating Disorder Interventions
SPRING | 2.0 credits
This course examines obesity and eating disorders at individual, social, environmental, and policy levels. Etiology, measurement and prevalence; treatment and prevention interventions are examined at the individual, group, and community level. Links between eating disorders and obesity are explored.
PUBH 6914 – Community Nutrition Intervention
SPRING | 3.0 credits
Tools for developing community nutrition interventions. Using behavioral therapy, conducting needs assessments, writing program objectives, developing intervention strategies, evaluating program implementation/effectiveness, planning a budget, writing grant proposals.
PUBH 6915 – Nutrition Assessment
SPRING/SUMMER every year | 1.0 credits
Common nutritional assessment using dietary, biochemical, and anthropometric approaches. Applications of methods, interpretation of results. Hands-on experience, training in common anthropometric methods.
PUBH 6902 – Maternal, Infant, and Preschool Nutrition
FALL, SUMMER, offered periodically | 2.0 credits
Nutritional needs of childbearing women/infants. How to meet needs through programs/services.
PUBH 6903 – Child and Adolescent Nutrition
FALL every year | 2.0 credits; Prereqs: Grad or professional school student.
Current issues and literature. Major nutrition issues of youth; biological, cultural, and psycho-social factors influencing food behaviors; and strategies for improving nutritional health.
Also taught online every other summer session – including Summer 2014
PUBH 6933 – Nutrition and Chronic Diseases
SPRING every year | 2.0 credits
Issues in nutrition and public health. How nutrition research is translated into dietary recommendations for public health. Relation of nutrition to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
FScN 3480 – Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives: A Food System Approach to Cooking
FALL | 3.0 credits
This interdisciplinary course will provide students with the knowledge, critical thinking and technical skills necessary to make food choices based on nutritional, environmental, and local and global societal issues. Students will be challenged to consider their food choices as both influencing and being influenced by larger food system dynamics and to view these issues from multiple perspectives.
FScN 5601 – Management of Eating Disorders
FALL every year | 3.0 credits
This course will provide the student with an understanding of etiology, occurrence, course treatment, and prevention of eating disorders from a multidisciplinary perspective. In addition, the roles and responsibilities of eating disorder treatment team members of varying types across a variety of treatment milieus will be examined.
KIN 5720 – Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior
FALL | 3.0 credits taught by Maureen Weiss
This course will provide a foundation for understanding multilevel influences on youth physical activity. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
U of MN Online Continuing Education Courses
Free online modules addressing obesity-related issues are available through the UMN School of Public Health and were developed with support from a grant from the US Department of Agriculture (2012-70003-19985).
These online modules require registration with the School of Public Health. Once you have completed the registration information, you may log in for any future trainings without registering again. For a full list of all online trainings offered through the School of Public Health, which address a wide range of issues such as promoting successful intra-professional collaborations, enhancing diversity and cultural competencies in the classroom and the workplace, addressing inequities in health literacy and translating data into public health priorities, please see: http://sph.umn.edu/ce/online/.
U of MN Online Continuing Education Courses
PUBH X381: Child Care and School Environments: Settings for Obesity Prevention Among Youth
This module focuses on the role of child care and school settings for preventing obesity among U.S. children and adolescents. It discusses nutrition programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture along with other foods and beverages not served by these programs but available in child care and school environments; challenges to the provision of opportunities for physical activity and physical education; regulations and recommendations that are currently in place for U.S. child care settings and schools; and opportunities for improving school food and physical activity environments.
The development of this module was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012-70003-19985, PI: M. Laska). This module is also offered as part of the 2-credit course, “From Kid to Community: Personal, Social and Environmental Influences on Youth Obesity” (PubH 3950/6950), offered through the University of Minnesota.
PUBH X382: Evaluating Childhood Obesity Policy Impact In School Settings
This module addresses the evaluation of childhood obesity policy actions, highlighting school-level policies in particular. Learning objectives include: (a) identifying the status of the current childhood obesity epidemic and likely contributors, (b) describing a range of approaches to evaluate policy prevalence, using school policies and practices and examples, (c) identifying the importance of evaluating patterns in policy distribution and impacts, and (d) identifying a comprehensive policy evaluation webinar resource.
The development of this module was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012-70003-19985, PI: M. Laska). This module is also offered as part of the 1-credit course, “Using Policy to Address Child & Adolescent Obesity Prevention,” (PubH 3955/6900) offered through the University of Minnesota.
PUBH X383: Weight Bias & Stigma: Implications for Healthcare and Health Promotion Efforts
This module addresses weight bias or negative attitudes toward overweight and/or obese people, and the important implications for weight bias and stigma in childhood obesity prevention efforts.
The development of this module was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012-70003-19985, PI: M. Laska).
PUB X384: Pulling It All Together: How Do We Address Childhood Obesity?
This module addresses public health approaches for reducing childhood and adolescent obesity. It discusses the decreases in obesity rates that have been recently reported in specific geographic regions of the U.S., along with efforts made by these communities and their local governments to address obesity that may be responsible for the observed declines.
The development of this module was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012-70003-19985, PI: M. Laska). This module is also offered as part of the 2-credit course, “From Kid to Community: Personal, Social and Environmental Influences on Youth Obesity,” (PubH 3950/6950) offered through the University of Minnesota.
U of MN Obesity Prevention Training Program (MnOPT)
U of MN Obesity Prevention Training Program (MnOPT)
The Minnesota Obesity Prevention T32 Training grant was awarded from NIH/NIDDK. The training grant is housed within the OPC and has two training tracks: epidemiology/behavioral and basic sciences/clinical. The program currently provides training for three predoctoral and three postdoctoral or medical fellows. Robert Jeffery, Professor in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, is the Program Director. Catherine Kotz, Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, is Co-director.
Departmental / Center Seminars:
Departmental / Center Seminars
- Epidemiology & Community Health weekly seminar schedule.
- Food Science & Nutrition weekly Graduate Seminar schedule.
- UMN Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute: Focusing on food safety, prevention of obesity and chronic disease, and food policy.
- Cancer Center Seminar Series.
- Division of Endocrinology City-Wide Conferences (Thursdays, October–May).
- Minnesota Obesity Center (MNOC) Seminar Series.