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Lifestyle Medicine

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 Lifestyle Medicine Major, the Extended Major, and the Minor can all be completed remotely, though there are opportunities to take classes on campus!

Lifestyle Medicine for second degree students: All second degree students need a Multicultural course, a Senior Experience, and a major. The Lifestyle Medicine major can be completed in 40 hours and up to 10 hours can be used from the first degree (if health related and transferable credits to MSU). General Studies requirements are considered met by the first degree except the Multi-cultural requirement.

For more information about the lifestyle medicine program at MSU Denver please contact us at 303-615-1200 or email

For more information about lifestyle medicine, visit the American College of Lifestyle Medicine website  

For more information about Wellness Coaching, visit the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching website at

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Lifestyle Medicine interventions designed
  • prevent and treat many chronic diseases?
  • improve outcomes and quality of life?
  • tackle health disparities
  • transform our healthcare system ?
  • decrease health costs?
Key Lifestyle Interventions:
  • Improving Nutrition
  • Increasing Physical Activity
  • Stress Management
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Moderating Alcohol Use
  • Sleep Habits
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Social Support
  • Coaching Behavior Change
  • Addressing Environmental Exposures
  • Healthcare Provider Self-Care
Why Lifestyle Medicine Education?
  • By 2020 two-thirds of all diseases worldwide will be caused by lifestyle choices.
  • The primary causes of premature adult death in the U.S. are related to unhealthy behaviors.
  • The increase in lifestyle related chronic disease and healthcare spending is unsustainable.
  • A lifestyle medicine major will give future healthcare professionals competencies in lifestyle medicine, wellness coaching, and health navigation to help address these issues.
Possible Outcomes After Graduation:
  • Graduate school
  • Health coach
  • Health (patient) navigator
  • Public health
  • Health promotion and education
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