Lifestyle Management — M.P.H.

Program director
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.

Learner outcomes

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 501Public Health for Community Resilience5
PCOR 502Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle5
PCOR 503Public Health and Health Systems5
HPRO 500Stress Management2
HPRO 515Mind-Body Interactions and Health Outcomes3
HPRO 526Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction3
HPRO 527Obesity and Disordered Eating3
HPRO 553Addiction Theory and Program Development3
HPRO 573Exercise Physiology I3
HPRO 590Worksite Wellness3
NUTR 509Public Health Nutrition and Biology3
NUTR 529Health Aspects of Vegetarian Eating3
RELE 534Ethical Issues in Public Health (or REL_)3
Cognates/Electives 112
Motivational Interviewing (recommended)
Total Units56
Field experience
Practicum units are in addition to the minimum didactic units required for the degree
PHCJ 798DPublic 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

See standard culminating experience requirements.

Normal time to complete the program

2 years (7 academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted