The minor in lifestyle medicine focuses on whole person health by providing students the knowledge, skill, and ability to help individuals improve their health and well-being and prevent the onset and/or progression of chronic diseases. The minor prepares students to incorporate the principals of evidence-based lifestyle medicine in health and wellness related careers.

The undergraduate minor in lifestyle medicine requires a minimum of 15 s.h. of courses taken at the University of Iowa offered by the Department of Health and Human Physiology. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Students who earn a B.A. in health and human physiology may not earn the minor in lifestyle medicine. Students who earn a B.S. in human physiology may earn the minor in lifestyle medicine.

For the minor, students complete courses and elective courses that focus on various facets of lifestyle medicine and prevention. Students choose electives in consultation with an undergraduate advisor. Some courses for the minor have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for the course.

The minor in lifestyle medicine requires the following coursework.

Core Courses

All of these:
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
HHP:3030Lifestyle Medicine3


Two of these:
HHP:3045Physical Activity Psychology3
HHP:3050Obesity: Causes, Consequences, Prevention, and Treatment3
HHP:3200Health Behavior and Health Promotion3
HHP:4010Behavioral and Clinical Health Assessment Laboratory4
HHP:4020Health Communication and Coaching Strategies3
HHP:4365Practicum in Health Coaching3