MPH Lifestyle Management (Online)
In the Lifestyle Management Program, health professionals with relevant clinical health professional degrees are empowered to provide lifestyle change interventions and promote healthy behaviors for patients with chronic diseases or patients at risk of chronic diseases, while understanding the population determinants of wellness, health, and disease. 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 curriculum focuses on teaching public health practice classes that are needed to possess core skills in public health, in evaluating the 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 prescriptions, nutrition counseling, tobacco cessation, and health behavior- change techniques.
Graduates may use their skills acquired in the program to enhance their current clinical knowledge and skills in medicine, nursing, clinical psychology, osteopathy, pharmacy, or other health professions. They are academically prepared to apply preventive methodologies to chronic diseases and risk factors; conduct individual health assessments; provide medical lifestyle counseling; properly evaluate and apply lifestyle medicine-related research findings, and lead and evaluate health promotion projects. Health professionals who are not physicians are not able to practice medicine when awarded this degree.
Program Director - Hildemar Dos Santos
Upon completion of the MPH in Lifestyle Management, you will be able to:
- Possess a core field of knowledge of public health, with emphasis on the application of preventive methodologies to chronic diseases.
- Accurately assess lifestyle-related risk factors for chronic diseases.
- Provide appropriate interventions in regard to these risk factors, e.g., medical behavioral counseling in exercise, nutrition, and tobacco dependence.
- Evaluate and properly apply lifestyle medicine-related research findings.
- Provide leadership for and evaluate community-based health promotion projects.