Nutrition, Metabolism and Lifestyle Medicine

Credits: 4 CREDITS (2P+2B)
Director(s): Christopher Duggan, Marie-France Hivert
Offered: April
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Summary: The majority of important risk factors for many acute and chronic diseases suffered by people across the globe are related to diet, lifestyle and metabolic factors. A lifestyle with healthy nutrition and physical activity could prevent up to 80% of non-communicable diseases, and dietary patterns are the etiology for numerous acute illnesses in women, children and other susceptible populations. Recent advances in knowledge and technology are transforming the way that we integrate lifestyle into clinical practice. The course will cover a broad range of topics including: how nutrition and lifestyle choices influence health and diseases throughout the lifecourse; nutrition, physical activity, and behavior change as integral part of management of many medical conditions; novel technologies to measure lifestyle behaviors; and behavioral approaches for clinical integration and for personal health. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of specialty clinical programs, including weight management, diabetes care, hyperlipidemia, parenteral nutrition, neonatal intensive care units, celiac disease, and others. Class sessions will include students’ clinically inspired questions, case-based collaborative learning, journal clubs, and experiential learning. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience in reviewing critically the current literature, summarizing their review findings, and presenting in front of their peers. This AISC combines the expertise of multiple faculty members across HMS-affiliated institutions to offer students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills to integrate nutrition, physical activity, and other lifestyle behaviors in their future career. Format of classroom-based sessions: Classroom sessions will use various approaches, including experiential learning, case-based collaborative learning, journal club, and invited speakers who are experts in the fields of nutrition, physical activity, and behavior change. Format of clinical experiences: Two half-days per week of clinical experiences, including with health professionals such as dieticians, physical therapists, in addition to physicians in multidisciplinary specialty clinics (as listed above). Anticipated schedule: All AISCs are full time courses. Students are expected to devote at least 40 hours per week to scheduled sessions and preparatory work. This course will generally require in class presence three half-days per week, in addition to the two half-days of clinical experience. The two half-days of clinical experience can be scheduled during any week days that are not planned as in-class sessions. Some optional activities will be offered, depending on students’ interest. Course Manager: Tim Gailius