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

Co-taught by a physician and chef/culinary nutrition educator, Food Matters will cover the role of food, lifestyle, and cooking in preventative health and wellbeing. Topics include inflammation and anti-inflammatory diets, gut health and dysbiosis, sugar and metabolism, fats, nutrient absorption, brain health, and sustainable food systems—all crucial areas of knowledge when counseling patients on diet, food access, and lifestyle choices. 

A unique hands-on component will bring participants into a training kitchen during each session, where they will learn basic foundational techniques (knife skills, vegetable prep, creating basic sauces) and cook and eat a meal as a class. This experiential component offers healthcare providers a chance to apply nutritional knowledge in a context their patients can understand: the kitchen. Utilizing fresh, whole ingredients and practicing a mindful eating activity in the course not only builds providers' toolkits for speaking with patients about how to apply healthy eating habits at home, it offers health professionals strategies for incorporating applied nutrition into their own lives, thus improving self-care and reducing burnout. 

Physicians who participate in this workshop can earn 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Determination of credit is pending for dietitians and other providers reporting to the Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice. This workshop is also appropriate for nurses, dentists, social workers, and any others who want to incorporate food-based nutrition in clinical practice.

 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.