Continuing Education

In addition to our academic courses, master's degree, grad minor/certificate, and online learning modules, the Center offers online and in-person opportunities for health professionals to gain continuing education credits.

Learn more about these opportunities below.

Food Matters for Health Professionals

As a healthcare provider, are you prepared to answer questions in your practice such as:

  • What are whole grains?
  • What are the differences between vegan, vegetarian, and paleo diets?
  • How do carbohydrates and fats affect weight gain/loss?
  • What is the role of the gut microbiome in health and disease?

Food Matters for Health Professionals is a 2-day intensive workshop that includes classroom discussion and hands-on cooking in the kitchen (including full meals each day). This course fills a knowledge gap in traditional healthcare education, which includes little to no training in applied nutrition, despite its proven impact on patient care and clinical outcomes.

Learn More and Register

Lifestyle Medicine

Some health and wellness coaches may find that they need more content expertise in the area of lifestyle medicine. In the future, accredited Health Coaching educational programs will be required to contain 15 hours of content in this field, but current transitionally-approved programs have not offered this to all students. Examinees will be held responsible for knowing this content on the exam.

Additionally, other health professionals and community members may have professional or personal interest in learning about how lifestyle factors impact health and wellbeing, and about the current recommendations for optimal behaviors.

The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is now offering an affordable, fully-online, self-paced Lifestyle Medicine continuing education course that is composed of 4-units that each include video, readings, and quizzes for self-evaluation. This course is self-paced and may be completed at your convenience. It offers a focused exploration of lifestyle medicine philosophy and applications, and serves either to prepare you for the National Board Certification Exam in Health and Wellness Coaching, or to expand your understanding for personal or professional health care practice.

Learn more and register.