Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine

Course Code2084
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: One year part-time
Study mode: Distance education

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Fee Support

Special tuition discount for international students studying Lifestyle Medicine

*for eligible students, see


The Graduate Certificate of Lifestyle Medicine is designed to meet the shifting demands in health care towards lifestyle-based therapies. The course equips graduates with an understanding of the various domains of Lifestyle Medicine and skills in its application.

Major areas of study include:

-        Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine,

-        Food as medicine,

-        Exercise as medicine,

-        Nicotine addiction and smoking cessation and

-        Psychosocial considerations for the promotion of health.

Evidence is showing that a healthy lifestyle is effective for preventing disease, managing, and in some instances, treating established conditions. This has led to the emergence of the "Lifestyle Medicine" field, which is defined by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine as "the use of lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of disease".

Lifestyle Medicine seeks to treat the causes of chronic disease, which include poor nutrition, physical inactivity, substance abuse, stress, environmental factors, and even issues relating to identity and meaning.

The course is recognised by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine as a pathway to becoming a Fellow of the Society. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine, graduates will be able to:
  • Explain and critique the diverse elements of Lifestyle Medicine informed by an integrated understanding of the contemporary body of knowledge;
  • Articulate, apply and evaluate a whole-of-health perspective encompassing freedom from disease through to positive wellbeing;
  • Advocate for the implementation of Lifestyle Medicine informed by an integrated knowledge of the relationship between lifestyle and disease, and the underlying causation of chronic diseases;
  • Utilise a research-led methodological approach to develop and present the concepts of Lifestyle Medicine within the context of public health and clinical practice;
  • Communicate the principles of Lifestyle Medicine to a diverse range of recipients with regard to culture, age and gender using multiple forms of communication;
  • Design and apply Lifestyle Medicine interventions in a variety of cultural settings and employ appropriate evaluation processes to monitor and modify the effectiveness of these interventions;
  • Argue for the role of identity, meaning and spirituality in the effectiveness of Lifestyle Medicine interventions and be able to recognise, design, apply and appraise these elements in Lifestyle Medicine interventions.

Career Opportunities

Obtaining a qualification in postgraduate Lifestyle Medicine is beneficial for:

  • Nurses facilitating Lifestyle Medicine specialised care in general/family practice settings,
  • Allied Health Professionals (e.g nurses, dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists) who wish to offer a more comprehensive service to their patients and clients, and
  • Health Educators in corporate, community and other settings providing specialised advice for lifestyle-based treatments. 

Admission Criteria


To qualify for admission, you must have completed:

  • An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited university or higher education provider; or
  • An overseas qualification comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 or higher


Applicants with an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 8 qualification (or higher) in a cognate area may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.


The Graduate Certification in Lifestyle Medicine is available to domestic students and international students studying outside of Australia. The course is unavailable to international students in Australia on a student visa.


Applicant's who completed their bachelor's degree (or overseas equivalent) in a language other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-band below 6.0.

Course Structure

Course duration: One year part-time
Study mode: Distance education
Maximum time to complete: Three years

The Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine (course code 2084) requires the completion of 4 units shown below, one of which must be LMLR50101 Lifestyle Medicine – Past, Present, Future. The course is offered on a part-time basis (two units per semester).

The sequence of units offered is based on a repeating 2-year cycle:


 LMLR50101 Lifestyle Medicine – Past, Present & Future *

LMLR50102 Food as Medicine



LMLR50104 Physiological Underpinnings of Chronic Disease

LMLR50106 Psychosocial Factors in Lifestyle Medicine & Health



LMLR50101 Lifestyle Medicine – Past, Present & Future *

LMLR50105 Exercise as Medicine

LMLR50109 Nicotine Addiction & Smoking Cessation



LMLR50107 Processes in Lifestyle Medicine & Health Promotion

LMLR50108 Lifestyle Medicine for Specific Populations


* LMLR50101 is offered in Semester 2 of every year to ensure that students wishing to complete a Graduate Certificate within a 1-year period may do so.

To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

Practical Experience


This course is accredited under Avondale's self-accrediting authority and it is nationally registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In 2014 Avondale was granted self-accrediting status by TEQSA. This course may be used as a pathway to become a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. For more details see the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine website. 

Where to get further information

Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


FEE-HELP available for eligible students, see

View current information on tuition fees


Scholarships are available for Avondale students. View all scholarship information. 


"As a GP who has been practicing for a number of years, studying Lifestyle Medicine at Avondale provided a solid foundation... The lecturers were great and interacting with peers from a variety of professional backgrounds was a real highlight."
- Dr Paul Wood, B Med, Grad Dip Lifestyle Med, FRACGP, FASLM.