This introductory course in Lifestyle Medicine is intended for primary-care physicians and other mid- to senior-level healthcare professionals, both in training and in practice. The course provides a foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, as well as an opportunity to plan strategies and practice techniques for assisting patients with positive health behavior changes (while partnering with locally and globally available peers and mentors). All components of this training—like all NextGenU.org trainings—are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.
The course’s 10 modules provide an introduction to the principles of lifestyle medicine; an understanding of the effects of physical activity, nutrition, sleep, stress, and sexuality on health; overviews of smoking cessation and alcohol use disorders; and skills to develop and implement action plans for lifestyle medicine in both clinical and personal settings.
At the end of each lesson, there is a practice quiz. At the end of the course, you will take a final exam; a chance to assess the training will also be provided. In order to receive a certificate of completion, you will need to identify a patient to accompany and support in lifestyle health behavior change. Throughout the modules, you will meet with this patient and practice the use of key materials and behavioral methods. By the end of the course, you will submit an assignment to your mentor that summarizes your practical clinical project.
The results of your assessments will be provided to you, and we can report your testing information and share your work with anyone you request (school, employer, etc.). The assessment you provide at the course’s conclusion will help us improve the training for future students. We hope you find this Lifestyle Medicine course a wonderful learning experience!
Please start by taking the Pre-Test.
The Lifestyle Medicine course was developed in partnership with Bar-Ilan University, the Brookfield Centre for Lifestyle Medicine, the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization ELMO, the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard, the Israeli Society of Family Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine section, the Lifestyle Medical Education Collaborative, and the USC School of Medicine Greenville. Like all NextGenU courses, the course is competency-based; this course utilizes competencies from the Lifestyle Medicine Program Curriculum Outline of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Israeli Society of Lifestyle Medicine. In addition, the Lifestyle Medicine course uses resources from accredited world-class organizations that include the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization. The course developer is Lilach Malatskey, MD, MHA, Chairman of the Israeli Society of Lifestyle Medicine of the Family Physicians Association, who received substantial input from the Executive Members of the Israeli Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Significant feedback was also received from our Advisory Group members, Ioannis Arkadianos, MD; Erica Frank, MD, MPH; Ioan Hanes, MD; Jenny Lee, MD, PhD, MPH; Dr. Ifeoma Monye, MBBS, DCH, DFFP, DRCOG, FRCGP; Edward M. Phillips, MD; Verena Rossa-Roccor, MD; Mary Rudolf, MB, BS, BSc, FRCPCH, FAAP; Jennifer Trilk, PhD; and Stefania Ubaldi, MD, PhD.