Behavior and Health Graduate Certificate (CBH)

About the Program

The Behavior and Health (CBH) 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.

Student Profile

 This certificate is designed for those whose professional goals focus on improving health and quality of life across the lifespan, as well as individuals in the community who are employed in the fitness industry, corporate wellness, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and other professions where behavior and health are concerns. 

Course Requirements

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 the table below. 



Currently Enrolled Students

Any student who has been admitted to a graduate degree program in a related field is eligible to earn the certificate. Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program who are interested in completing the CBH certificate should contact the BEH program coordinator.

Prospective Students

Students seeking admission to the CBH Certificate must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and must take the GRE. The target GRE score is 295 (combined verbal and quantitative sections), but students may be admitted with lower scores with high undergraduate GPAs and strong letters of recommendation. The certificate program adheres to the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale set by the LSU Graduate School for regular admission, but students with lower GPAs may be admitted on probation. International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score according to the standards set by the LSU Graduate School. 

CBH Certificate-only students may apply for a waiver for the GRE if they meet criteria outlined below. Any certificate student who wishes to transition into an MS or PhD program must meet the standards for that program, including the GRE if required.

Application for Waiver of the GRE

Admission policies of the CBH Certificate provide for a possible waiver of the GRE requirement for students who meet all of the following criteria:
1. A minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A. in their last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
2. A minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A. on any previous graduate coursework (if applicable)
3. Three strong letters of recommendation
4. Three years of demonstrated successful professional work experience as evidenced by a resume
5. Successful completion of a criterion-based essay (see below)

Admission Essay Requirements

In 1000 words or less, discuss and describe examples from your professional work experience that demonstrate:

1.Your motivation to succeed as a professional;
2.Your ability to persevere in the face of demanding professional challenges;
3.Your intellectual ability to master challenging and difficult subject matter in the CBH courses
4. How the certificate will be beneficial to you in your current profession

Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Admissions, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

Applications for admission are received and evaluated throughout the year. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by the Graduate School. Applications are continuously evaluated and students may be admitted for any semester.

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in CBH:

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For more information contact CBH Program Coordinator Alex Garn at


Affiliated Faculty


Laura Choate

Gary Gintner


Alex Garn

Melinda Solmon

Nutrition and Food Science

Carol O’Neil

Georgianna Tuuri


Jason Hicks