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Lifestyle Medicine Minor

The Lifestyle Medicine minor 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 minor prepares students to incorporate the principals of evidence-based lifestyle medicine in health and wellness related careers. The Lifestyle Medicine minor contains required core courses along with numerous elective courses so that students can tailor the minor to meet specific career and personal goals.

 

Potential majors to complement this minor include but are not limited to Integrative Health Care, Recreation Professions, Health Care Management, Nutrition, Health Care Professional Services, and Nursing. The minor potentially benefits individuals planning to apply to healthcare graduate programs.  

 

Students can contact the Department of Health Professions for advising at 303-615-1200 or email Professor Brittany Plaven at bplaven@msudenver.edu. Completion of this minor does not guarantee admission into any health professions graduate program. Students must take 18 credit hours from the following courses. Courses used for a major or minor other than the Lifestyle Medicine minor or used to satisfy General Studies requirements cannot be used for this minor.

 

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Recommended Coursework:

Lifestyle Medicine Minor: Total 18 credit hours 

Required Courses: 9 credits

  • ITP 3850 – Lifestyle Medicine – 3
  • ITP 4700 – Community Health Education and Lifestyle Medicine – 3
  • ITP 4800 – Lifestyle Medicine Across Gender and Lifespan

Elective Courses:  At least 9 credit hours, 3 or more must be upper division credits

  • EXS 1640 - Physical Fitness Techniques & Prog - 2
  • HCM 3650 - Public Health: Survey - 1
  • HCM 3700 - Health Disparities in the U.S. - 3
  • HCPS 3000 - Intro to Patient Navigation - 3
  • HPL 1870 - Stress Management - 2
  • HPS 1440 - Stress Management Techniques - 3
  • HPS 2700 - Wellness Coaching I - 3 
  • HPS 3340 - Physiology of Exercise - 3
  • HPS 4700 - Wellness Coaching II - 3
  • ITP 1500 - Dynamics of Health - 3
  • ITP 2950 - Wellness Coaching I - 3
  • ITP 3800 - Stress & Sleep: Impact Health/Dz - 3
  • ITP 4400 - Wellness Coaching II - 3
  • NUT 2040 - Introduction to Nutrition - 3
  • NUT 3040 - Nut Concepts & Controversies - 3
  • NUT 3050 - Concepts of Lifecycle Nutrition - 3
  • NUT 3200 - Nutrition & Sports Performance - 3
  • NUT 3400 - Nutrition & Weight Management - 3
  • PSY 2120 - Brain & Behavior - 3
  • PSY 2150 - Positive Psychology - 3
  • PSY 3410 - Health Psychology - 3 
  • PSY 3440 - Cravings & Addictions - 3
  • RECR 2330 - Advocacy, Leisure, & Aging Adult - 3
  • RECR 3330 - Intro to Therapeutic Recreation - 3
  • RECR 4630 - Recreation Prog for Older Adult - 3
  • RECR - Leisure, Health and Wellness - 3
  • RST 1550 - Food Fundamentals - 3
  • RST 3530 - Healthy International Cooking - 3
  • UA 2735 - Urban Vegetable Farming - 3
  • UA 3875 - Food Preservation Techniques - 3

Note: some of the electives courses above have additional prerequisites

For more information about the lifestyle medicine minor 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!