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Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Scholarly Concentration

 Lifestyle choices regarding physical activity, nutrition, stress management and social support are major factors contributing to health outcomes. Changes in these behaviors can lead to better health outcomes, reduced health care costs and improved community health. Through this concentration, students learn how to help patients implement evidence-based lifestyle choices with a team of exercise physiologists, nutritionists, mental/behavioral health counselors, social workers and other health professionals.

Locations

Some concentration coursework can be completed online; some coursework takes place in Muncie. The scholarly project work takes place in Muncie.

Curriculum and Timeline

Students completing the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention concentration fulfill the same core curriculum as students in other concentrations. The didactic components provide a strong academic and experiential foundation in public health and lifestyle medicine that will be vital for completion of the core curriculum project and product.

Recommended Pathway


Students determine if a concentration pathway will fit in their schedule by contacting concentration co-directors. 

Scholarly Project Topic Examples

Students work with faculty to complete a project in a relevant topic based on student interests. Students are welcome to come up with their own project idea. Potential project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased access to primary care: food distribution
  • Increased access to primary care: maternal addiction program
  • Increased access to primary care: telemedicine and community outreach
  • Infusion of lifestyle medicine into primary care: healthy lifestyle center
  • Infusion of lifestyle medicine into primary care: adult physical fitness laboratory

Student Testimonials

  • Brooke Strader, Class of 2022

    Brooke StraderWhy did you choose to participate in the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Scholarly Concentration program?

    I chose to participate in the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Scholarly Concentration program because I am passionate about family medicine and helping people with their health goals. The best way to help individuals better their health is to promote healthy life choices in order to prevent major diseases.

    How will your participation in this scholarly concentration contribute to your overall career aspirations in medicine?

    Doing research into an area of health promotion for the State of Indiana has helped me become more in tune with the needs of my community. I will most likely end up doing some sort of research in my future career, so this project will help me hone those skills to use as a family medicine physician.

Co-Directors

24958-Fromm, Larry

Larry B. Fromm, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Bio and Contact Information

16199-Litt, Michael

Michael D. Litt, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics

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MD Student News

In their words: Scholarly Concentration Q&A with Health Promotion and Disease Prevention co-directors

Larry Fromm, PhD, and Michael Litt, PhD, share details on the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Scholarly Concentration, in which students learn how to help patients implement evidence-based lifestyle choices with a team of exercise physiologists, nutritionists, mental/behavioral health counselors, social workers and other health professionals.

IU School of Medicine  |  Feb 11, 2019