Lifestyle Management — M.P.H.
Hildemar Dos Santos
The Lifestyle Medicine Program is designed for students who want to work in areas involved in the prevention of chronic diseases, designing and implementing preventive programs for corporations and community organizations. The program is also intended for health professionals to empower them to provide lifestyle-change interventions and promote healthy behaviors for their patients.
The curriculum emphasizes interventions based on scientific data and established behavioral and learning theories that promote individual and public health through the processes of education, health behavior change, and health promotion.
The program also focuses on teaching public health practice courses that are needed to possess core skills in public health, evaluating scientific literature, and in understanding and applying the science of disease prevention in the context of mind-body interaction. More practice-oriented classes teach the scientific basis and applications of exercise and nutrition counseling, tobacco cessation, and health behavior-change techniques.
Graduates may use the skills acquired in the program to assess employee health, corporation culture, and resources in order to provide programs and activities to help manage chronic diseases, decrease health expenditure, and provide healthy and happy work environments. They are academically prepared to apply preventive methodologies to chronic diseases and risk factors, conduct individual health assessments, provide lifestyle counseling, properly evaluate and apply lifestyle-related research findings, and lead and evaluate health promotion projects.
Graduates of the program in lifestyle medicine will:
- Assess health profiles and needs of corporations.
- Accurately assess lifestyle-related risk factors for chronic diseases.
- Provide appropriate interventions in regard to these risk factors, e.g., exercise, nutrition, and tobacco dependence-prevention programs.
- Evaluate and properly apply lifestyle-related research findings.
- Provide leadership for and evaluate community-based health promotion projects.
Educational effectiveness indicators
Program learner outcomes as evidenced by:
- Signature assignments linked to course and noncourse requirements
- Field practicum report
- Culminating experience
In addition to the entrance requirements for all M.P.H. degrees, applicants to the M.P.H. degree in lifestyle medicine program must have:
- Anatomy and physiology
|Public health core|
|PCOR 501||Public Health for Community Resilience||5|
|PCOR 502||Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle||5|
|PCOR 503||Public Health and Health Systems||5|
|HPRO 500||Stress Management||2|
|HPRO 515||Mind-Body Interactions and Health Outcomes||3|
|HPRO 526||Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction||3|
|HPRO 527||Obesity and Disordered Eating||3|
|HPRO 553||Addiction Theory and Program Development||3|
|HPRO 573||Exercise Physiology I||3|
|HPRO 590||Worksite Wellness||3|
|NUTR 509||Public Health Nutrition and Biology||3|
|NUTR 529||Health Aspects of Vegetarian Eating||3|
|RELE 534||Ethical Issues in Public Health (or REL_)||3|
|Motivational Interviewing (recommended)|
|Practicum units are in addition to the minimum didactic units required for the degree|
|PHCJ 798D||Public Health Practicum (400 hours)||8|
|or PHCJ 798A||Public Health Practicum|
|or PHCJ 798B||Public Health Practicum|
|or PHCJ 798C||Public Health Practicum|
Chosen in consultation with advisor
Culminating experience requirements
Normal time to complete the program
2 years (7 academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted