About the Program

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is proud to offer the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Online Program, an evidence-based education offering that provides physicians and physicians-in-training with a comprehensive foundation in the principles of lifestyle medicine. For those seeking a lifestyle medicine certification or to simply advance their knowledge, the following program provides a wealth of information and resources.

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New Course Update

The first edition of the Lifestyle Medicine training program, Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies, was published in 2015 through a partnership between the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). The third update continues to provide basic grounding in the field of lifestyle medicine.

Our course:

  • Focuses on improving the competence and skills of a variety for a variety of healthcare providers, encouraging a team approach to behavioral change. It is designed for physicians at every stage of their career, including experienced medical professionals, medical students and residents.
  • Provides a solid foundation in lifestyle medicine and well-rounded training on each of the major topics in the field. While not intended to provide in-depth learning of each competency and modality, the full lifestyle medicine program includes the research behind lifestyle medicine as well as its clinical application.

This fully revised and refreshed 10-module program is now available as an on-demand educational opportunity. Learn at your own pace and on your own schedule, while earning 32 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and deepening your understanding of how to prevent and treat the majority of chronic diseases affecting Americans.

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What is Included in the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Course?

ACPM’s Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Course covers critical areas that make up the definition of Lifestyle Medicine excellence.

The modules cover:

  • Core Competency Skills
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Sleep Health
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Mindfulness
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Alcohol Use
  • Weight Management

Following completion of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the 15 core competencies of lifestyle medicine as identified in "Physician Competencies for Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine" (JAMA. 2010;304(2):202-203).
  • Incorporate competencies into clinical practice.
  • Enhance efficacy of lifestyle assessments and evidence-based lifestyle prescriptions.
  • Leverage community and team-based resources to support lifestyle change.

Course Outline

The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Online Program is presented in two parts covering basic and advanced material:

  • Part 1, Basic Training Curriculum: Covers the 15 core competencies of lifestyle medicine endorsed by ACLM and ACPM, which was published in JAMA. 

  • Part 2, Advanced Training Curriculum: In-depth study of the competencies, guidance on how to employ them in a lifestyle medicine-oriented practice, and approaches to facilitating behavior change interventions.

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