Program Director: Thomas Lenz, PharmD 

Healthy Lifestyle Management is the study of theory and practice of whole person health. It is fostered through the beliefs and actions of the care of others and self by building relationships, refining practices springing from reflection, and appreciating the interconnectedness of all things. The program is interdisciplinary and combines the theory of social sciences with the application of natural sciences to promote the fullest sense of personal well-being. Students learn to foster the creation of health so that each individual can optimally thrive in the community in which they live, work, and spend their time.


The foundational philosophy of Healthy Lifestyle Management at Creighton University consists of four parts. Each part works synergistically towards the formation of the student who studies HLM.

1.  Whole Person Health: Many interconnected factors affect the health of individuals and communities. The philosophy of whole person health defines health broadly and addresses health according to the uniqueness of each individual and is rooted in the Ignatian-Jesuit value, cura personalis, care for the whole person.

2.  Tinkering: The philosophy of tinkering is not a quest for perfection, but rather the continual refinement of personal and relational care practices based on individual uniqueness and reflection.

3.  Relational Care: Relational care is fostered through a consistent presence and engagement with another individual over a period of time. In doing so, relational care supports the individual’s unique hopes, dreams and aspirations.

4.  Self-Care: Self-care is a manner in which each individual possesses the knowledge, skills, and values to recognize, create, and care for self and others in a way that leads to the fullest sense of personal well-being. Self-care should not be linked with self-centeredness as self-care becomes more fully developed through an understanding of the importance of the connections with others and with the community.

B.A., Major in Healthy Lifestyle Management Requirements: 40 Credits

Introductory Courses
HLM 101Introduction to Healthy Lifestyle Management1
ANT 113Introduction to Anthropology: Social and Cultural Determinants of Health3
PSY 201Introductory Psychology3
Core Courses
HLM 301Determinants of Health3
HLM 340Healthy Eating and Whole Person Health3
HLM 341Physical Activity and Whole Person Health3
HLM 450Lifestyle Medicine3
HLM 451Heath and Wellness Coaching3
HLM 499Capstone in Healthy Lifestyle Management3
Select three credits from EACH category9
Social and Cultural Studies
Medical Anthropology
Cultural Epidemiology: Global Perspectives
Healthcare, Society and Culture
What's for Dinner, Honey": Food, Culture, Gender, and Health
Food, Society, and Environment
Communication Studies
Leadership: Theories, Styles, And Skills
Interpersonal Communication
Family Communication About Health and Well-Being
Health Communication
Cultural Communication
Environmental Communication
Perspectives on Work-Life Balance, Wellness and Justice
Personal Growth And Development
Adolescent And Adult Development
Social Psychology
Health Psychology
Motivation and Emotion
Select six credits from any HLM, ANT, COM, PSY courses numbered above 300
Total Credits40