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In their words: Scholarly Concentration Q&A with Health Promotion and Disease Prevention co-directors

Whitney Walker • 2/11/19

In their words: Scholarly Concentration Q&A with Health Promotion and Disease Prevention co-directors

In 2019, IU School of Medicine launched Scholarly Concentrations. To help students decide if a concentration topic is the right fit, concentration co-directors shared the inside scoop—from why they got involved in the concentration to how a specific topic can help students reach their goals.

Topic: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Location: Muncie
Co-Directors: Larry Fromm, PhD, and Michael Litt, PhD

How is this concentration beneficial to a student’s personal and professional goals?

Students will learn how to help patients implement evidence-based lifestyle choices, which can lead to better health outcomes. Students can ultimately incorporate some of these ideas into their patient care in their future medical practice.

What are the special resources and expertise on this concentration’s home campus?

Health Lifestyle Center-Muncie

Students and faculty at the Healthy Lifestyle Center in Muncie

One of the resources in Muncie related to health promotion and disease prevention is the Healthy Lifestyle Center (HLC). At HLC, interprofessional teams with expertise in areas including nutrition, exercise, mental/behavioral health counseling, social work, and other health care professions evaluate health needs of patients, educate patients on how lifestyle decisions affect health and help patients design plans to meet goals for health. Another resource is the Ball State Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) Program. The CEP Program performs comprehensive health and fitness assessments and, based on results, designs programs to improve health.

During the Lifestyle Medicine elective, students will participate in activities at HLC and CEP Program. In the CEPLab, students will participate in comprehensive physical fitness testing/assessment, and develop comprehensive lifestyle modification prescriptions based upon testing results. Students can be their own test subject in the CEP Lab. At the HLC, students will work with an interprofessional team to improve health outcomes of patients. At the conclusion, students will develop a short research or programming proposal aimed at either improving access to primary care or infusion of lifestyle medicine into the primary care environment. This proposal can be used as the basis for future scholarly concentration research.

You provided some examples of potential projects for this concentration. Can you also give some more details and examples of what one or two different projects could look like?

Projects might evaluate an outcome of patients participating in some particular lifestyle program or intervention.


Whitney Walker

A self-described (but confirmed by everyone who knows her) nerd, Whitney coordinates communications for faculty, staff and medical student education. When Whitney's not searching for great IU School of Medicine stories or wrangling the MD student newsletter, she's likely out searching for a cool new coffee shop or doting over her 25 (and counting) houseplants. Contact Whitney at