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Innovation and Collaboration: Creating a Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Certificate Program

Authors:

Becky S. Jensen ,

Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences, South Dakota State University, Wagner Hall 445, Brookings, SD 57007, US
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MS, RDN, LN, Program Director

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Mindy Anderson-Knott,

Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US
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Ph.D.
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Mary Bowne,

Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership (Early Childhood Education) South Dakota State University, US
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Ed.D.
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Linda Boeckner,

Human Sciences Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US
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Program Leader, Ph.D.
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Suzanne Stluka,

Food and Families Extension, South Dakota State University, US
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Program Leader, MS, RDN
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Kendra Kattelmann,

Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics), South Dakota State University, US
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Ph.D., RDN, LN
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Jessica Meendering

Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences (Exercise Science), South Dakota State University, US
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Ph.D., EP-C
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Abstract

Preparing future professionals to work in transdisciplinary settings with a skill set to effectively foster collaborations and sustainable change requires a thoughtful and concerted interprofessional educational approach. Through an inter-university partnership in 2010 with name of university and the name of university, a group of faculty convened to propose the Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention (TOP) graduate certificate program. With funding supported by a United States (US) Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant in 2011, a team of faculty from name of university and name of university representing various disciplines (exercise science, nutrition, dietetics, health promotion, public health, nursing, early childhood education, family and consumer sciences, biology, biostatistics, and counseling) began developing the TOP graduate certificate program which is currently in its 5th year. The primary goal of this report is to outline the overall framework and components of the TOP graduate certificate program, providing information, strategies and considerations other institutions can apply in developing effective and sustainable transdisciplinary, interprofessional education to their existing graduate programs.

How to Cite: Jensen, B.S., Anderson-Knott, M., Bowne, M., Boeckner, L., Stluka, S., Kattelmann, K. and Meendering, J., 2017. Innovation and Collaboration: Creating a Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Certificate Program. Health, Interprofessional Practice and Education, 3(2), p.eP1125. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2159-1253.1125
Published on 01 May 2017.
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