Graduate Certificate Program

grad cert

What is Lifestyle Health?

A large body of scientific literature supports a strong relationship between lifestyle habits and health. It is estimated that seventy to eighty percent of chronic disease conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, arthritis and some types of cancer can be directly attributable to lifestyle behaviors.  Evidence reveals that optimal management and prevention of these chronic conditions incorporates dietary, exercise, stress management, and smoking cessation interventions. Therefore, health care professionals are in a critical position to positively influence the health of their patients/clients by serving as role models and providing practical guidance for healthy lifestyle choices.

Objectives of the Program

The program is designed to provide health care professionals with the tools they need to incorporate evidence-based, lifestyle intervention into their practice for the management and prevention of chronic diseases. 

Solutions for promoting healthy lifestyle choices

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Explain the role of lifestyle behaviors in the management and prevention of chronic diseases

  • Address the current disparities in healthcare when in comes to utilizing lifestyle interventions

  • Confidently assess and address psychosocial factors that influence behavior

  • Provide practical recommendations and strategies for meeting physical activity goals

  • Translate nutrition research and guidelines into practical information for making appropriate dietary choices

  • Employ effective strategies for engaging patient/clients in positive lifestyle behaviors

  • Utilize tools and resources provided and developed through the course in case study, application scenarios and their own practice


  • Online, interactive learning experience developed by a multidisciplinary team for a working healthcare practitioner or full-time student in a health related discipline. 

  • Complete the certificate in two, three credit hour courses  (6 SCH)

  • The program is offered twice a year, beginning in August (fall term) with a completion date at the end of the following spring term, and in January (spring term) with a completion date at the end of the following summer term.


Lifestyle Health I: LHLT 5000  (3 SCH)

The first course introduces students to the relationship between lifestyle and health, specifically the role of lifestyle intervention in the management of chronic diseases. Students will identify and assess key psychosocial factors that influence behavior and ability to adopt health-promoting lifestyle habits. The final portion of the course will examine nutrition research with regards to prevention and management of disease and offer practical dietary solutions to promote optimal health.  Throughout the program, the focus will be on providing evidence-based, practical information and resources that can be used in practice.

Lifestyle Health II: LHLT 5001  (3 SCH)

The second course will examine key lifestyle variables that influence health including physical activity, smoking, sleep, and stress.  Specific attention will be given to effective, research-based strategies for engaging patients/clients in positive behaviors such as regular physical activity, smoking cessation and cessation maintenance.  Students will examine the role of sleep disturbances on health and identify the distinct physical consequences of acute versus chronic stress. The certificate program will conclude in a capstone experience designed to integrate the information and skills gained from Lifestyle Health I and II and apply knowledge to a real world case based scenario.

Admissions Requirements

The applicant must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution

To be considered for admission, the applicant must file the following official credentials with the School of Health Professions, Office of the Dean.

Complete application

o Application fee (checks or money orders need to be made payable to UNTHSC)

o Official transcripts of from highest degree or copy of professional license or certificate.

Mailing Address:

UNT Health Science Center

School of Health Professions
Office of the Dean, EAD 402

3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard

Fort Worth, TX 76107 


Debbie Gillespie MS, RD/LD at 817-735-7638


This page last updated 03rd Oct 2014