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About the Program

Lifestyle medicine is the evidence-based approach of using lifestyle interventions to prevent and treat many chronic diseases, improve outcomes and quality of life, tackle health disparities, and decrease healthcare costs.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is proud to offer the first Lifestyle Medicine Major and Minor at the bachelor’s level in the country. The major and minor can be completed fully online or through a combination of classroom and online courses.

The Bachelor of Science 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.

How will the Lifestyle Medicine program impact you?

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. A minor is required.


Lifestyle Medicine Major, B.S.

The Lifestyle Medicine Major requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.

Summary of Major Requirements

Required Core Courses: 45 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 3 Credits
Total for Major: 48 Credits

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Lifestyle Medicine Extended Major, B.S.

The Lifestyle Medicine Extended Major requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration. A minor is not required.

Summary of Extended Major Requirements

Required Core Courses: 45 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 15 Credits
Total for Extended Major: 60 Credits

Course Information


Lifestyle Medicine Minor

The Lifestyle Medicine Minor requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.

Summary of Minor Requirements

Required Core Courses: 9 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 9 Credits
Total for Minor: 18 Credits

Course Information

Accreditation

Academic Accreditation is an assurance of the quality of an academic program. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, including Colorado and 18 other states. The mission of the HLC is to serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning. For more information, please visit the Higher Learning Commission.

Wellness Coaching and Lifestyle Medicine Pathway

The Wellness Coaching and Lifestyle Medicine Pathway at Metropolitan State University of Denver is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) and prepares students for the NBHWC certifying examination.

The pathway consists of the following courses:

  • ITP 2950/HPS 2700 Wellness Coaching I
  • ITP 4400/HPS 4700 Wellness Coaching II
  • ITP 3850 Lifestyle Medicine

In addition to completing this pathway, students must also fulfill additional NBHWC requirements such as a submitting a coaching log and required documentation to the NBHWC to be able to take the examination.

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