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Lifestyle Medicine Extended Major Individualized Degree Program Incubator

The Bachelor of Science Extended Major in Lifestyle Medicine provides students with competencies in lifestyle medicine, health navigation, and wellness coaching. Lifestyle medicine is the use of evidence-based lifestyle approaches, including healthful eating, physical activity, sleep, stress management, tobacco cessation, fostering relationships, emotional wellness, and environmental health. These approaches prevent and treat many chronic diseases, improve outcomes and quality of life, tackle health disparities, and decrease health costs. Throughout the major, themes of cultural competence, service, self-care, interdisciplinary collaboration, and whole-person health will be emphasized. The major prepares students to incorporate the principles of evidence-based lifestyle medicine in health related careers, prepares students to obtain related certifications, and positions them as leaders in addressing national health concerns. This major is also applicable to students wishing to enter graduate health professional schools; however other prerequisites will likely be necessary for admission. The Lifestyle Medicine Extended Major allows students to take several electives from a variety of lifestyle medicine disciplines. No minor is required.

Recommended Coursework:

Lifestyle Medicine Major: Total 60 credit hours - does not require a minor

Prerequisite Courses

  • ITP 1000 Health Career Foundations - 3
  • ITP 1500 Dynamics of Health - 3

Core Courses:  39 credits

 

  • NUT 2040 Introduction to Nutrition – 3
  • HPS 2700 Wellness Coaching I – 3 OR LSM 2950 Wellness Coaching I - 3
  • HCM 3700 Health Disparities – 3 (Multicultural) OR CAS 2990 Health Communication – 3
  • HCPS 3000 Introduction to Patient Navigation – 3
  • HCM 3150 Health Care Organization and Management – 3
  • ITP 3450 Dynamics of Disease – 3
  • ITP 3850 Lifestyle Medicine – 3 
  • ITP 3800 Stress and Sleep OR LSM 2700 Holistic Health – 3 OR HPS 1030 Fitness and Well-being – 1 AND HPS 1870 Stress Mgmnt – 2                                               
  • ITP 4550 Advanced Health Navigation and Assessment – 3
  • HPS 4700 Wellness Coaching II - 3 OR LSM 4400 Wellness Coaching II - 3
  • ITP 4700 Community Health Ed and Lifestyle Medicine – 3 (Service Learning)
  • ITP 4800 Lifestyle Medicine Across Gender and Lifespan – 3 
  • HPS/ITP Community Coaching for Health – 3 (Senior Experience)

 

Elective Courses: Choose 21 Credits

 

  • EXS 1020 Resistance Training Techniques – 3
  • EXS 1640 Physical Fitness Techniques and Programs – 3
  • HCM 3150 Health Care Organization and Management– 3
  • HCM 3500 Health Care Research Methods – 3
  • HCM 3650 Public Health: Survey – 3
  • HCM 3651 Epidemiology of Public Health – 3
  • HCM 3652 Environmental Issues in Public Health – 3
  • HCM 3800 Long Term Care: Managing Across the Continuum – 3
  • HON 3910 Honors Colloquium – 3
  • HON 4950 or HON 4951 Senior Honors Thesis – 3
  • HPL prefix courses up to 4 credits
  • HPS 1440 Stress Management Techniques – 3
  • HPS 3340 Physiology of Exercise – 3
  • HSP 3220- Conflict Resolution – 3
  • HSP 3470 Counseling the Substance Abuser – 3
  • HSP 3550- Intimate Partner Violence – 3
  • HSP 3575 – Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Providers – 3
  • HSP 4290- PTSD and Trauma Informed Care – 1
  • ITP 2800 Health, Society & Environment – 3
  • ITP 2810 Men Across Cultures – 3
  • ITP 2810 Men Across Cultures- multicultural – 3
  • ITP 2820 Anger in Men – 3
  • ITP 2820 Anger in Men – 3
  • ITP 3000 Men’s Health – 3
  • ITP 3000 Men's Health – 3
  • ITP 3100 Health Education & Counseling – 3
  • ITP 3200 Ethics in Healthcare – 3
  • ITP 3700 Physiology of Aging – 3
  • ITP 4000 Pediatric Holistic Health – 3
  • ITP 4100 Women's Holistic Health – 3
  • ITP 4600 Clinical Pathophysiology – 3
  • NUT 3040 Nutrition Concepts and Controversies – 3
  • NUT 3050 Concepts of Lifecycle Nutrition – 3
  • NUT 3200 Nutrition and Sports Performance – 3
  • NUT 3400 Nutrition and Weight Management – 3
  • PSY 2120 Brain and Behavior – 3
  • PSY 2150 Positive Psychology – 3
  • PSY 3410 Health Psychology – 3
  • PSY 3440 Cravings and Addictions – 3
  • RECR 2330 Advocacy, Leisure, and the Aging Adult – 3
  • RECR 3330 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Services – 3
  • RECR 4630 Recreation Programs for the Older Adult – 3
  • RST 1550 Food Fundamentals – 3
  • RST 3530 Healthy International Cooking – 3
  • SPS 4500 Teaching Assistantship in the College of Professional Studies – 3
  • SWK 1010 Introduction to Social Work – 3
  • SWK 1600 Community Engagement and Civic Responsibility– 3
  • SWK 3010 Social Work Practice with Children and Youth– 3
  • SWK 3030 Social Work with Older People– 3
  • SWK 3080 Social Work with Families– 3
  • SWK 3120 Privilege, Oppression and Power– 3
  • SWK 3150 Social Work and Child Maltreatment– 3
  • SWK 3500 Social Work Practice with LGBTQ People– 3
  • UA 2735 Urban Vegetable Farming – 3
  • UA 3875 Food Preservation Techniques – 3
  • UA 3905 Farm to Table Sustainability – 3

 

Note: some of the electives courses above have additional prerequisites

 

This Lifestyle Medicine Major is a new major through the Individualized Degree Program (IDP) as an incubator major. Please see the attached flow sheet, which simplifies the following steps to declaring a Lifestyle Medicine major (add attached flow sheet).

Center for Individualized Learning Location:  Administration Building, Suite 360. The street address is 1201 5th St., right next to the Auraria West Light Rail Station, in the building that houses the College of Business, the Police Station, and the Applied Learning Center.

For more information about lifestyle medicine, visit the American College of Lifestyle Medicine website https://www.lifestylemedicine.org/  

For more information about Wellness Coaching, visit the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching website at https://ichwc.org/

For more information about the lifestyle medicine major please contact us at 303-615-1200 or email Professor Brittany Plaven at bplaven@msudenver.edu

We look forward to giving you more information and helping you get started!

 

 


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