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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6715
Tracking Number - 3042

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-04-22
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC for 1/14/13; GC approved 1/28/13. to USF Sys 1/28/13; to SCNS 2/5/13. Approved eff 4/1/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-12-05
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6108-000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 8139749908
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6715
  10. Full Title: Lifestyle Coaching
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Lifestyle Coaching
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Focuses on the important facets of behavior change and how to encourage patients to alter lifestyle habits for a progressive approach to “wellness” using motivational approaches to effect these lifestyle modifications.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Metabolic Nutritional Medicine represents a new and evolving discipline in the medical sciences that deals with an integrative and functional medicine approach to healthcare and disease prevention The discipline combines evidence based medicine with new approaches to therapeutics and patient wellness. Nutrition and metabolism represent a critical approaches to understanding and controlling obesity The Metabolic Nutritional Medicine concentration currently has 110 registered students and approx 21 registered for the first course offering.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) All the instructors in the course are M.D., D.O. or Ph.D. or equivalent trained faculty.
  29. Objectives: The course has the following objectives:

    Compare and contrast the array of techniques used in lifestyle coaching to effect behavior change to encourage wellness.

    Understand the principles that govern the structure and function of the various macromolecules involved in cellular organization and intermediary metabolism.

    Examine the principles of successful health and fitness coaching.

    Discuss how to develop healthy eating habits in patients.

    Examine how to incorporate exercise into daily routines, prioritize rest and rejuvenation.

    Examine the meaning of the “aging well” concept and examine how to apply this knowledge to clinical practice.

    Identify the business principles of lifestyle health coaching.

    Discuss the underlying principles of nutrition and nutrition planning.

    Explore training fundamentals including Assessment, Posture, Measurements, Cardio, Strength, Progressions.

    Develop techniques to create transformational experience in patients.

    Examine effective marketing methods to ensure practice success.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    •Discuss the Wellness Revolution and how to become a part of the solution

    •Explain the “Three Circles of Success” for lifestyle health coaches

    •Discuss the Healthcare Crisis and how you can prepare for the future

    •Identify and explain the 3-Steps for Sustainable Change

    •Examine how to get amazing results by shaping one’s Belief Systems

    •Understand that everything begins at the cellular level and learning how to balance the body’s pH

    •Discuss how to build the three pillars for optimal health and performance

    •Discuss improving nutrient absorption, digestion and elimination, keys for optimal health

    •Examine how to understand and educate your clients on the “Food Target”

    •Discuss the 6-step Nutritional Pyramid for optimal health, energy and vitality

    •Explain hormonal pathways and stress

    •Discuss how to create more “White Space”

    •Discuss a 6-step Rest & Rejuvenation Pyramid for optimal health, energy & vitality

    •Determine how much exercise is enough?

    •Discuss the 5-key checkpoints for injury prevention and performance in exercise

    •Discuss how to develop a sustainable exercise program that creates amazing results

    •Examine a 6-step Exercise Pyramid for optimal health, energy & vitality

    •Discuss how to educate your patients about “Know Your Numbers” along with many other measurements for tracking their success

    •Examine “Built To Last” and how to build a solid Lifestyle Health Coaching Program

    •“Information does not create Transformation”; discuss how to create “Transformational Experiences” with patients

  31. Major Topics: Major course topics include:

    Wellness Revolution and the Business of Lifestyle Health Coaching.

    Personal Transformation, Heath Care Crisis, Foundations for Optimal Health.

    Nutrition 1 – Digestion, Hydration, Quality.

    Nutrition 2 – Frequency, Super Foods, Quantity, Dieting.

    Nutrition 3 – Planning, Next Level, Putting it all Together, Case Studies, Q & A.

    Overview, Rest & Rejuvenation 1-Stress.

    Rest & Rejuvenation 2 – White Space, Exercise 1 – Evaluation Process.

    Exercise 2 – Foundational Exercises, Training, Progressions.

    Exercise 3 – Practical Applications, Hands on Training.

    Dollars and Cents of Lifestyle Health Coaching, Q & A.

    Improving your Numbers, Case Studies, Practical Application.

    Hands on Training (Assessment, Posture, Measurements, Cardio, Strength, Progressions).

    Role Playing/Practical Application.

    Built to Last (Marketing, Value Based Fees, Customer Loyalty, Growing your Business).

    Creating Transformational Experiences, Q & A.

  32. Textbooks: Johnson, C., “On Target Living Nutrition: The Power of Feeling Your Best”. Haslett, MI: On Target Living, 2008. ISBN: 0972728147 / 978-0972728140
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional and appropriate readings will be identified and posted on Blackboard.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The course requires the completion of 3 case study research papers 15% each 45% of grade. Comprehensive midterm exam 23% of grade. Comprehensive final exam 23% of grade. 5 webcasts 9% of grade.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The course requires completion of 4 unit self-assessment quizzes, 3 case studies research papers, a comprehensive midterm exam, a comprehensive final exam and 5 webcasts.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: For documented student absences, such as for illness, students will be allowed to make up any missing case reports or exams. Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integrity as described in course syllabus.
  38. Program This Course Supports: M.S in Medical Sciences- Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine concentration.
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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