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Lifestyle Medicine Major Individualized Degree Program Incubator

The Lifestyle Medicine major assists students interested in learning how positive behavior changes improve health and quality of life through nutritious eating, physical activity, stress reduction, sleep habits, tobacco cessation, social connection, and other health supporting behaviors. The major will prepare students to incorporate the principles of evidence-based lifestyle medicine in health and wellness related careers. The Lifestyle Medicine major will prepare students with competencies in wellness coaching, health navigation, as well as lifestyle medicine. Throughout the major, themes of cultural competence, service, self-care, interdisciplinary collaboration, and whole-person health will be emphasized. This major is applicable to students wishing to enter graduate health professional schools; however other prerequisites will likely be necessary for admission and a pre-healthcare minor may be useful in fulfilling those prerequisites. A minor is required.

 

Recommended Coursework:

Lifestyle Medicine Major: Total 44 credit hours 

Prerequisite Courses

  • NUT 2040 Introduction to Nutrition (can be in General Studies)
  • ITP 1500 Dynamics of Health

Core Courses:  39 credits

  • ITP 1000 Health Career Foundations - 3
  • HPS 1030 Fitness and Well-being – 1 & HPS 1870 Stress Management – 2 OR ITP  2700 Holistic Health – 3 OR RECR Leisure, Health and Wellness - 3  
  • HPS 2700/ITP 2950 Wellness Coaching I - 3
  • HCPS 3000 Introduction to Patient Navigation – 3
  • ITP 3450 Dynamics of Disease – 3
  • HCM 3700 Health Disparities – 3 (Multicultural course)
  • ITP 3800 Stress and Sleep – 3
  • ITP 3850 Lifestyle Medicine – 3
  • HPS 4700/ITP 4400/ Wellness Coaching II - 3
  • ITP 4550 Advanced Health Navigation and Assessment – 3
  • ITP 4700 Community Health Education and Lifestyle Medicine – 3
  • ITP 4800 Lifestyle Medicine Across Gender and Lifespan – 3
  • HPS/ITP 4950 Community Coaching for Health – 3 - Senior Experience

Elective Courses: Choose 5 Credits Plus Any Minor

  • HPS 1440 Stress Management Techniques
  • HPS 3340 Physiology of Exercise
  • EXS 1640 Physical Fitness Techniques and Programs
  • HCM 3020 Management Principles in Health Care
  • HCM 3500 Health Care Research Methods
  • HCM 3650 Public Health: Survey  
  • HCM 3651 Epidemiology of Public Health
  • HCM 3652 Environmental Issues in Public Health
  • HCM 3800 Long Term Care: Managing Across the Continuum 
  • HPL 1870 Stress Management
  • HSP 3470 Counseling the Substance Abuser
  • NUT 3040 Nutrition Concepts and Controversies
  • NUT 3050 Concepts of Lifecycle Nutrition
  • NUT 3200 Nutrition and Sports Performance
  • NUT 3400 Nutrition and Weight Management
  • PSY 2120 Brain and Behavior
  • PSY 2150 Positive Psychology
  • PSY 3410 Health Psychology
  • PSY 3440 Cravings and Addictions
  • RECR 2330 Advocacy, Leisure, and the Aging Adult
  • RECR 3330 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Services
  • RECR 4630 Recreation Programs for the Older Adult
  • RST 1550 Food Fundamentals
  • RST 3530 Healthy International Cooking
  • UA 2735 Urban Vegetable Farming
  • UA 3875 Food Preservation Techniques
  • ITP 2800 Health, Society & Environment
  • ITP 2810 Men Across Cultures- multicultural
  • ITP 2820 Anger in Men
  • ITP 3000 Men’s Health
  • ITP 3100 Health Education & Counseling
  • ITP 3200 Ethics in Healthcare
  • ITP 3700 Physiology of Aging
  • ITP 4000 Pediatric Holistic Health
  • ITP 4100 Women’s Holistic Health
  • ITP 4600 Clinical Pathophysiology
  • ITP 4991 Integrative Capstone

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!