Lifestyle medicine is the use of healthy lifestyle behaviors to prevent and treat chronic diseases. In this course, students will consider comprehensively applying lifestyle medicine strategies to healthy individuals, to those with chronic diseases, and as part of a self-care program.
Students will also consider lifestyle medicine as its own medical explanatory framework for disease, illness and health.
- August 16–October 9
- Asynchronous (no live sessions required)
- 30 continuing education credits
- Register by August 10
health and wellness coaches
Creighton University Graduate School
Creighton University Office of Continuing Education
Instructor: Tom Lenz, PharmD, FACLM
Dr. Tom Lenz is Director and Professor of the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Coaching program at Creighton University. Classes he teaches include Determinants of Health, Lifestyle Medicine, Advanced Lifestyle Medicine and Capstone in Healthy Lifestyle Management. He is passionate about education and takes great pride in showing care to his students.
He believes “we are all connected in a great social network. Fostering personal well-being in students will, in turn, foster well-being in others”. Teaching students to care for themselves so they may then care for others is an important part of his teaching philosophy.
His ongoing research interests include studying the social determinants of lifestyle behaviors that influence chronic disease risk and management. He is especially interested in reducing chronic stress through a combined natural science and social science approach. Dr. Lenz is currently studying the effects of these stress reducing methods in health care providers.
Dr. Lenz received his BA in Exercise Science from Creighton University. He received his MA in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his MA in Medical Anthropology from Creighton University. He went on to complete his Doctor of Pharmacy and a fellowship in cardiovascular research from Creighton.
In addition to academia, Dr. Lenz enjoys outdoor activities, water skiing, running and spending time with his family.
- Compare and contrast lifestyle medicine and whole person health.
- Recall the current recommendations for physical activity, healthy eating, sleep, and alcohol consumption.
- Describe the effects that lifestyle medicine can have on the prevention, management, and reversal of certain chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
- Describe lifestyle medicine as a possible entry point to experiencing whole person health.
- Design and implement a self-care program.
This CE course is approved by NBHWC for 30 continuing education units (CEP # 100067)
Online class: $550
Continuing education and professional development courses may be cancelled by the attendee in writing up to 7 days before the course begins for a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. No refund will be given 7 days prior to the course. Some courses are not eligible for a refund; these exceptions are noted in specific course descriptions. If a course is cancelled by the University for non-weather related issues, the student will be notified and a full refund will be processed. In the event of a weather related closure, the course will be rescheduled.