Lifestyle Medicine (Graduate Certificate)
Learn the skills you need to succeed as a health and wellness professional with Creighton University’s Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine.
You’ll learn from faculty members and practitioners from the School of Medicine and across various disciplines in this interdisciplinary program—which will prepare you to work as part a diverse team of health care professionals. You’ll learn to take a whole-person approach in designing, implementing and modifying lifestyle medicine programs and explore the many factors that impact an individual’s health, from nutrition to exercise to sleep to stress management and more.
“When I talk with students who graduated, they all say the same thing: I view health and my interactions with patients differently now than I used to. I understand more about the person because of this combination of the natural sciences that Creighton’s health sciences programs bring.”
—Tom Lenz, PharmD | Professor and Program Director, Graduate School
This online certificate program combines Creighton’s Jesuit values, including care for the whole person (cura personalis) and preventive medicine to make you even more effective in your practice. Understanding that many of the factors that determine an individual’s health are environmental and behavioral, this program stresses the importance of making healthy and sustainable lifestyle changes in preventing, treating and reversing chronic disease.
Advance your education on your own time with an online certificate program
We know that graduate school is a big investment of your time and money, so we make sure that your investment is a smart one—and one that you can fit in your busy schedule. This 15-credit program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be completed fully online at your own pace.
Tom Lenz, PharmD | Professor and Program Director, Graduate School
“The program is online and works well for students with busy lifestyles. Most students have jobs and families and they appreciate having a professor who understands what work/life balance means."
The Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine program is ideal for health care professionals or others in the health and wellness industry who are interested in helping individuals take charge of their own health. The program takes about a year to complete, and coursework can be applied to a Master of Science in Integrative Health and Wellness if you wish to continue your education.
To earn this certificate, you must complete 15 credits:
- Writing for Graduate Students
- Advanced Lifestyle Medicine
- Health Behavior Modification
- Nutrition for Chronic Disease
- Exercise for Chronic Disease
- Stress and Sleep Management
Our faculty within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies come from backgrounds in business, health, education, law, and the arts and sciences. Together, their experiences and expertise provide graduate students with a robust interdisciplinary education.
If you’re still deciding on your path, start by taking a course from the program before enrolling. Advanced Lifestyle Medicine, an online course offered in the fall, explores lifestyle medicine strategies and how they can be used to manage chronic diseases and more. You can take up to nine credits before enrolling in a graduate degree or certificate program, so this two-credit course is a great way to explore the subject.
To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine program, applicants must:
- Complete an application
- Include an updated curriculum vitae or resume
- Provide an official transcript from the institution that granted the Bachelor’s degree. Read more about sending transcripts here
- Submit a personal statement of interest in the graduate certificate
A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.
International students are welcomed into this program so long as they complete it from their country of residence, as F-1 visas will not be issued.
International applicants must:
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.
Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.
Dates and Deadlines
The information below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.
Rolling admission: Once your application is submitted it will be reviewed and we'll work with you to get into the next available class. Classes begin in August, October, January, March, and May