15 CPD hours British Society of Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle medicine for cancer prevention and survivorship

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This self-paced, 8-week online course will require around 15 hours of learning. It comprises a combination of written notes, recorded webinars, other video content, multiple choice questions and a short written assignment. In addition, there are a number of additional resources that can be downloaded and saved for further learning. 

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Course overview

The content of this course covers the six pillars of lifestyle medicine, namely healthy diets, physical activity, restorative sleep, healthy relationships, management of stress and avoidance of harmful substances, and provides actionable take aways for personal and professional practice. The course aims to provide individuals and practitioners the confidence to disseminate this information amongst their patients, families and their communities. 

What you need to know

Course start date

Various - see entry requirements


Distanced Learning

Course length

8 weeks


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Typical offer

Health Professionals and Non-Health Professionals



Course features

"This course went above and beyond my expectations, it was interesting, comprehensive and extremely informative.  The use of different media held my attention, the studies were all well referenced and up to date and all of the speakers were all highly qualified and experienced in this field.  I can use so much of what I learned in my job as well as in my personal life, I couldn't recommend it more."

Colette Somers, Complementary Therapist in cancer care

"Thank you to Shireen and the other teachers for this wonderful course.

The information is very complete and up-to-date. It is a great tool for the clinical practice of those of us who care for patients with cancer or want to promote the prevention of this disease. Thank you so much."

Sandra Lanza, family physician and founder of the Chile lifestyle medicine society

"The content was impressively well-researched, providing a solid foundation for the topics covered. The course's organization was impeccable, making it easy to navigate and absorb the information effectively. The level of depth in the material was just right—neither too superficial nor overwhelming.

Additionally, I really appreciate the online format. It not only facilitated accessibility but also ensured that no one gets excluded from this valuable educational experience. Overall, a highly commendable course that caters perfectly to the needs of medical professionals in the field of lifestyle medicine."

Denis Pfeiffer

Course details

Key Contributors

  • Dr Shireen Kassam
  • Dr Laura Freeman
  • Michelle Fedele, RD
  • Dr Aryan Tavakkoli
  • Professor James Faulkner
  • Dr Sheena Fraser MBChB, MRCGP, DipBSLM 
  • Dr Siobhan McCormack MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, DCH, MRCGP, DipIBLM

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8 week, distance learning course facilitated and taught by Dr Shireen Kassam


Learning and teaching

Over the duration of this short course participants will:

To be able to discuss the rising burden of cancer globally and the hallmarks of cancer.

To understand the role of diet and lifestyle factors for cancer prevention including the international guidelines on cancer prevention.

To discuss the evidence for lifestyle interventions during cancer treatment.

To understand the role of diet and lifestyle factors for improving cancer outcomes and quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.

To discuss the role of the microbiome in cancer development and its impact on cancer treatments.

To gain an overview of integrative oncology practices in order to better support patients to make informed choices.

To understand how to apply lifestyle medicine principles within clinical practice for cancer prevention and for people living with a cancer diagnosis.

There is an optional Q&A session on this course held via Teams.



Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions


Module 1

1. General overview of cancer incidence and prevalence, hallmarks of cancer development and mechanisms.

2. Overview of known risk factors for cancer development (diet, physical activity, alcohol, viruses, environmental toxins etc), including established cancer prevention guidelines.

Module 2

1. Dietary risk factors and healthy dietary patterns.

2. Putting dietary guidelines into practice during cancer treatment

Module 3

1. Cancer and the microbiome

Module 4

1. Physical activity and cancer prevention and survival.

2. Practical application of physical activity guidelines.

Module 5

1. Alcohol and cancer

2. Smoking and cancer

3. Stress and cancer

Module 6

1. Sleep and cancer

2. Social connections and cancer

Module 7

1.  Impact of lifestyle factors on survivorship and preventing comorbidities in people living with cancer.

Module 8

1. The role of integrative oncology in cancer

2. The lifestyle medicine prescription; putting knowledge into practice.

3. Written assignment of 500-700 words

4. An optional live Q&A session on Teams

Entry requirements

Health Professionals and Non-Health Professionals

This course is aimed at practicing healthcare professionals in both primary and secondary care from any discipline that are involved in caring for people living with cancer. In addition, the course will be relevant to the wider public who may be interested in reducing their personal risk of cancer or who have lived through a cancer diagnosis.


Course enquiries and applications

For general enquiries please contact: Plant-basedNutrition@winchester.ac.uk

Course start dates:

15 October 2024
21 January 2025
29 April 2025

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No International Entry Requirements for this course.

No International Entry Requirements for this course.

Additional costs

For information about staff and student discounts please contact the short course administrator HWBShortCourses@winchester.ac.uk.