Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes are used to prevent, treat and reverse the progression of chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes.  This interdisciplinary program provides students with the knowledge and skills to design, implement and modify comprehensive lifestyle medicine programs for individuals with and without chronic disease.  Emphasis is placed on interpersonal communication, working collaboratively with others, and evaluating and reading research related to lifestyle medicine.  Additionally, students in the program will value the social justice issues related to lifestyle medicine and care for the whole of the individual person.

Program Objectives

1.  Design, implement and modify lifestyle medicine programs that create health for individuals with and without chronic disease.
2.  Demonstrate effective interpersonal verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.
3.  Discern social justice issues related to health and health care in the context of lifestyle medicine.
4.  Recommend and evaluate appropriate literature related to lifestyle medicine.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the graduate programs in Health and Wellness include:

  1. Completed application form with $50 application fee
  2. Current resume
  3. Statement of purpose (2-3 pages, double-spaced) outlining the reasons for applying for admission, the intended goals, and personal philosophy on health and wellness coaching
  4. Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  5. Three recommendations by persons familiar with the applicant's academic background, achievements and personal qualities
  6. Proof of regular access to the technology needed to take online courses
  7. Proof of completion of a health related degree, credentialing, or health related coursework

*All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT.

*Creighton University reserves the right to request GRE scores or a personal interview.

Graduate Certificate, Lifestyle Medicine (15 credits)

GRD 601Writing for Graduate Students1
HWC 591Advanced Lifestyle Medicine2
HWC 650Health Behavior Modification3
HWC 651Nutrition for Chronic Disease3
HWC 652Exercise for Chronic Disease3
HWC 760Advanced Health and Wellness Coaching3
Total Credits15