Stanford Center for Health Education - Preventive Cardiology

6 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate

About this program

Stanford Center for Health Education - Preventive Cardiology

Explore the value of preventive interventions when managing key cardiovascular risk factors.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Stanford University.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people now than ever before.1Factors that increase the risk of heart disease include hypertension, smoking, diabetes, and lipid disorders such as high LDL-cholesterol. Coronary artery disease is largely preventable by managing certain lifestyle-related risk factors and using evidence-based medication when appropriate.

As personalized strategies for prevention become more requisite, there is a clear demand for specialized expertise in the field. The Preventive Cardiology online short course from theStanford Center for Health Education(SCHE) offers a practical approach to prevention of initial and recurrent events. Led by Dr. David Maron, director of preventive cardiology at Stanford Medicine, youll learn how to help your patients improve their eating patterns, increase levels of physical activity, lose weight, and stop smoking to lower their risk of CAD. Youll discover how to assist patients in making behavior change, and when to prescribe medication to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis progression.

Admission requirements

Is this course for you?

This course aims to empower medical and allied health professionals with a practical perspective to preventing first and recurrent cardiac events in patients. Medical professionals such as doctors, advanced practice practitioners, and nurses will gain critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients with or at high risk of coronary artery disease. The course offers advanced knowledge of preventive cardiology to facilitate shared decision-making with patients. Allied healthcare workers involved in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as dietitians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, psychologists, and pharmacists will benefit from the courses focus on lifestyle-related risk factors and guideline-directed medical therapy. Wellness professionals in the vein of sports scientists, caregivers, and life coaches will develop a critical understanding of nutrition and other lifestyle factors in the development and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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Program content

Course curriculum

Gain an integrated approach to patient care as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Coronary artery disease and its causes

Module 2

Behavioral risk factors

Module 3


Module 4


Module 5

Lipid disorders

Module 6

Behavior change strategies

Program delivery


  • 6 weeks Excluding orientation
  • 6–8 hours per week Self-paced learning online


Total Tuition Fee:£1757


About the certificate

Discover the impact of lifestyle choices on coronary artery disease and earn an official certificate of completion from Stanford Center for Health Education.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, youll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, youll walk away with:

  • An empirical tool kit for preventive cardiovascular care that will help you identify and manage CAD risk factors in patients with CAD.
  • Behavior change techniques to promote cardiovascular health, with a focus on the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits.
  • The skills and insights to assess and manage hypertension, diabetes, and lipid disorders with non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions.

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450 Serra Mall
94305 Stanford California
United States of America (USA)


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