This Lifestyle Medicine introductory 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. All parts of this training are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion. This course is intended for primary-care physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals in training and in practice.
This Lifestyle Medicine course was developed in partnership with Bar-Ilan University, the Brookfield Centre for Lifestyle Medicine, the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization, 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.org 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 Family Medicine - Lifestyle Medicine Section. In addition, the Lifestyle Medicine course uses resources from accredited world-class organizations, including 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 Family Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine Section. 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.
For a publication on this course’s efficacy, see “NextGenU.org’s Free, Globally Available Online Training in Lifestyle Medicine,” (2017), American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827616682444; see also “Building Public Health Capacity through Online Global Learning,” (2018), Open Praxis, to see more research related to NextGenU.org’s educational model, click on NextGenU.org’s publication page. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of future updates, new courses, and to be part of our community.
There are two components to this course.
The first component involves completing the modules and which provide:
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 evaluation 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!
Approximate time for completion of this course is 49 hours at an average reading rate of 144 words/minute.
Before you begin the course, please take a moment to take the short knowledge Pre-test below. It allows us to assess various aspects of the course itself and is mandatory to receive your certificate upon completion of the course.
The course requires the completion of peer and mentored activities. At the end of each lesson, there is a practice quiz. At the end of the course, after you’ve completed each lesson, quiz, and activity, you’ll have access to a final exam, and a chance
to assess the training. Once you’ve passed that last test, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from NextGenU.org and our course’s co-sponsoring organizations (listed above). We keep all of your personal information confidential,
never sell any of your information, and only use anonymized data for research purposes, and we are also happy to report your testing information and share your work with anyone (your school, employer, etc.) at your request. We hope that you will find
this a rewarding learning experience, and we count on your feedback to help us improve this training for future students.
Engaging with this Course
You may browse this course for free to learn for your personal enrichment; there are no requirements.
To obtain a degree co-sponsored with NextGenU.org, registrants must be enrolled in a degree program as a student of a NextGenU.org institutional partner. If you think that your institution might be interested in offering a degree with NextGenU.org
We hope that you will find this a rewarding learning experience, and we count on your assessment and feedback to help us improve this training for future students.
Before starting this first module, please take a moment to take the short knowledge Pre-test above. It allows us to assess various aspects of the course itself and is mandatory to receive your certificate upon completion of the course.
First, do no harm. — Hippocratic oath
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Knowing is not enough—we must apply. Willing is not enough—we must do. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Upon completion of the first lesson of Module 2, students should be able to:
Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. — Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby (1873)
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates
Approximate time required for the readings for this lesson (at 144 words/minute): 1 hour
Tobacco kills up to half of its users. - World Health Organization (2016)
"What are you doing here?" he asked the drunkard... "Drinking," replied the drunkard, with a gloomy expression. "Why are you drinking?" the little prince asked. "To forget," replied the drunkard. "To forget what?" inquired the little prince, who was already feeling sorry for him. "To forget that I'm ashamed," confessed the drunkard, hanging his head. "What are you ashamed of?" inquired the little prince, who wanted to help. "Of drinking!" concluded the drunkard... -
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince"
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference." - Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer
People accept stress as an inevitable part of their lives, but exposure to chronic high levels leads to various forms of significant stress-induced morbidity.
In this module, you will learn how to identify a stressed patient and how to help him/her manage emotional and mental well-being.
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:
Sexual health working definition: “... a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected, and fulfilled.”
The World Health Organization (2006)
“People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the minds of others.” - Blaise Pascal
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