LHLT 2016-2017 Syllabi

Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Health

6 Semester Graduate Credit Hours   (Fall -3 SCH/ Spring 3SCH)

UNT HSC School of Health Professions


Upon completion of LHLT 5000 and 5001, 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 it comes to 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 dietary choices.

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

Utilize tools and resources provided and developed throughout the courses in application scenarios and their own practice.

Integrate appropriate, evidence-based, lifestyle health interventions as part of patient centered healthcare.


Course Descriptions:

Lifestyle Health I: LHLT 5000 (Fall: 3 SCH) the first course will provide an introduction to lifestyle medicine; an overview of psychosocial factors that influence behavior; and a review of nutrition research and dietary factors that impact health. Students will explore psychosocial factors that contribute to an individual’s ability to adopt health-promoting lifestyle habits and review strategies and assessment tools to efficiently enhance behavior change. The nutrition unit will examine the significant role of dietary habits on chronic disease risk and provide solutions for translating nutrition research into practical dietary recommendations. Emphasis will be placed on integrating and applying concepts throughout the program to self-care and case study assignments as well as building tools that can be used in practice.

Lifestyle Health II: LHLT 5001 (Spring: 3 SCH) the second course focuses on key lifestyle variables that influence health and chronic disease risk including physical activity, smoking, sleep, and stress.  Specific attention will be given to research on effective strategies for engaging patients/clients in regular physical activity for various chronic disease states; smoking cessation and cessation maintenance; identifying and addressing sleep disorders; and understanding the related but distinct consequences of acute versus chronic stress. Throughout the program, guidance on inter-professional practice/referrals and assimilation of lifestyle medicine competencies into practice will be reviewed. The certificate program will culminate in a Simulated Patient Capstone experience that focuses on applying knowledge, skills and tools from Lifestyle Health I and II to assess, address and provide solutions to optimize the patient’s lifestyle behaviors for the prevention and management of chronic disease.




Claire Peel, PhD, PT, FAPTA (claire.peel@unthsc.edu)

Office hours: Tuesday/Thursday 5-7 CST or by appointment

EAD 402

817 735-2762


Haylie Miller, Ph.D. (haylie.miller@unthsc.edu)

Office hours: M-F by appointment (online or in-office)

CBH 401

(817) 735-7602


Debbie Gillespie, MS, RDN, LD (deborah.gillespie@unthsc.edu)

Office hours: By Appointment

EAD 402

817 735-7638


Eric Arguello, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS  (Eric.Arguello@unthsc.edu)

Office hours: By Appointment

MET 535

817 735-0233


Jennifer Singh, MD (Jennifer.Singh@unthsc.edu)

Office hours: By Appointment

EAD 406



Myla Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, NCS, CEEAA (Myla.Quiben@unthsc.edu)


Medical Advisor:

Harold Fain, MD, MPH (Harold.Fain@unthsc.edu)

JPS Viola Pitts Medical Director



Points are earned for each graded Assignment (70% of points), Discussion Board Post (20% of points) or Quiz (10% of points).

Final grades will be determined based on the total points earned divided by the total points possible to calculate a percentage and final letter grade.

Grade Scale

A= 90-100%
B= 80-89%
C= 70-79%
F= 69% and lower

The student is responsible for monitoring their Grades regularly and notifying the instructor of missing or incorrect grade book entries.

Other Grade Designations:

I = Incomplete **


** A student who has completed at least 80% of the course requirements and has notified the course director that they are unable to finish the course during the semester will be given an “Incomplete” as a semester grade. Arrangements will be made between the course director and student to complete remaining course requirements within specified period of time, preferably within four months, of the original course completion date.


Students who have completed less than 80% of course requirements and have notified the course director that they are unable to complete the course OR those who do not pass the course with at least 70% overall grade will be given the opportunity to apply to retake the course in a different cohort to complete the Graduate Certificate requirements.


P/NP = Pass/No Pass

Students who are only taking the courses for continuing education credit only (AMA, ACCME/AMA) and have paid the additional fees to the UNTHSC Office of Professional and Continuing Education will receive P/NP upon completion of course requirements. [Pass = > 70%]


W = Withdraw


Students may Withdraw from course with proper notification to course director and registrar and receive “W” before the 12th week of the course. After the 12th week of the semester, a grade of “WF” may be recorded.


Drop Policy:



Learning Resources


Format: Canvas online learning system


  • Your username is your EUID, and your password is your global password.

For Canvas, Passwords, or any other computer-related technical support contact the IT Service Desk.

Required materials:

Access to a computer and internet connection with

Canvas requirements:

  • Access to a computer and internet connection
  • 2 GHz processor or faster
  • 1GB RAM or greater
  • 80 GB hard drive or larger
  • Cable/DSL broadband connection or better
  • Video card
  • Sound card with speakers
  • Computer microphone
  • A web camera capable of video web conferencing
  • Inkjet or laser printer


VIDEO/DVD: Escape Fire (available for rent or purchase on Amazon.com)


Optional Texts:

Rippe,J.M. Lifestyle Medicine, 2nd edition

Jonas, S., Phillips, E. ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine: A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription



Late Policy:  Students will need to request access to the specified Assignment, Discussion or Quiz if unable to complete by the due date.  There will be a 20% point reduction for submissions after due date and up to a week late.  A 50% point reduction for submissions greater than a week and up to two weeks late.  No credit provided for submission two weeks past due date unless accommodations have been cleared with designated Unit instructor in advance.

Netiquette: Students are expected to interact with the instructor and their peers in accordance with the UNTHSC Student Code of Conduct and Discipline. Students who violate these terms will be subject to disciplinary action by the Committee on Student Conduct.

Online Communication and Feedback: Graded responses to assignments will be provided within one week of the submission deadline. If you have questions about anything in the course, you can post them on the Q&A discussion board or email the instructor. The discussion board will be checked daily and a response will be posted to questions within 48 hours. Responses to email will be sent within 24 hours.

Technical Support: Students who experience technical issues with the online course management system should contact the Canvas helpdesk: canvas@unthsc.edu. If a technical issue prevents a student from submitting an assignment or exam, he or she must notify the instructor immediately. Course policies will follow the UNTHSC catalog.

Students are expected to:

  1. Log into the course website at least twice per week
  2. View all pre-recorded lectures and supplementary videos
  3. Read all course materials and linked online content
  4. Interact with the instructor and classmates via discussion forums
  5. Complete all weekly assignments, discussions and assessments online
  6. Attend one synchronous session with Instructors and fellow students- see course schedule


Graduate Certificate Lifestyle Health  Schedule 2016-2017

Lifestyle Health I (LHLT 5000)- Fall semester (16 Modules)- 3SCH


UNIT 1 – Orientation

August 15- Module 1: Welcome/Navigation



UNIT 2- Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine


August 22- Module 2: Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine


August 29- Module 3: Using evidence to facilitate healthy choices


September 5[ Labor Day]- Module 4: Putting Lifestyle Medicine into Practice



UNIT 3 – Psychosocial

September 12-Module 5: Assessing the Patient’s Demographic and Medical State


September 19- Module 6: Assessing the Patient’s Psychological State I


September 26- Module 7: Assessing the Patient’s Psychological State II


October 3 – Module 8: Assessing the Patient’s Environment


October 10- Module 9: Increasing Patient Understanding and Compliance



UNIT 4 – Nutrition

October 17- Module 10: Nutrition Basics


October 24- Module 11: Weight Management


October 31 -Module 12: Nutrition and Immunity, Inflammation & Intolerances


November 7- Module 13: Nutrition for Heart Health


November 14- Module 14: Nutrition and Glucose management


Thanksgiving Break


November 28 Module 15: Nutrition and Bone Health



December 5 Module 16: Putting it Together

Synchronous session with Instructors and students scheduled during the week


Lifestyle Health II   (LHLT 5001) – Spring (15 Modules) – 3 SCH


Unit 1: Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription


January 9- Module 1: Benefits and Risks of Exercise (Physical Activity Guidelines)


January 16 [MLK] Module 2: Physical Fitness Testing and Exercise Screening and Prescription


January 23- Module 3: Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease and Related Condition


January 30- Module 4: Physical Activity and Weight Management


February 6- Module 5: Physical Activity and aging, osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis


February 13- Module 6: Integrating Nutrition and Physical Activity to enhance outcomes



Unit 2: Smoking


February 20- Module 7: Psychological, physiological, & neurobiological effects


February 27-Module 8: Cessation and maintenance strategies


Unit 3: Sleep


March 6- Module 9: Neurobiological basis of sleep control


Spring Break March 13-17, 2017


March 20- Module 10: Sleep disorders and sleep hygiene


Unit 4: Stress


March 27- Module 11: Psychological, physiological, and neurobiological effects of acute and chronic stress


April 3- Module 12: Psychological and demographic factors that impact stress management


Unit 5: Capstone

April 10 -Modules 13 Integrating components of lifestyle health into practice

Synchronous session with Instructors and students scheduled during the week



April 17- Module 14 Case Study Week 1


April 24 – Module 15 Case Study Week 2



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