DNP-Lifestyle Medicine

Overview

A DNP in Lifestyle Medicine focuses on expanding the knowledge base of advanced practice nurses specifically in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention. 

This online doctorate degree program is a post-master’s degree program available to Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (APRNs) nationally certified in any specialty (including Family, Adult, Psychiatric Mental Health, Pediatric and Women’s Health) who would like to gain additional knowledge and competency in providing lifestyle-focused interventions in the care of patients with chronic illnesses. 

Why Choose Lifestyle Medicine?

More than 86% of the nation’s healthcare costs are related to the treatment of preventable chronic diseases, with risk factors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, and alcohol abuse playing a huge role in the deterioration of health.  Healthcare providers, considered the most trusted and credible sources of health care information, are in a unique position to change these statistics, by educating and inspiring their patients to change their unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. 

Lifestyle Medicine is an evidence-based, inter-disciplinary approach that examines the biological, psychosocial, and environmental influences of a persons’ chronic physical and mental illness across the lifespan. This approach focuses on the importance of a whole food, plant-predominant diet, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection in the treatment and reversal of chronic disease.

Graduates of the DNP in Lifestyle Medicine will be well-positioned to promote healthy behaviors as foundational to medical care and will have the knowledge and confidence to counsel their patients in nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle interventions and to empower them to take an active role in their care.

Available Pathways

Post Master's APRN to DNP Lifestyle Medicine

National Certifications

After completing the Lifestyle Medicine DNP track, students will be eligible to sit for the National Lifestyle Medicine Certification exam through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 

How to Apply

2022 Graduate Handbook