PK101: Behaviour as Medicine

Learn how to get real and lasting results with your clients.

  • Practise dealing with tricky clients, tough situations, and more
  • Discover the latest techniques from the field of positive psychology
  • Learn the art of behaviour change
  • Discover why understanding human behaviour is integral to the success of medical intervention

Approx. 20 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

Upskill for


Before you can understand how to help people reach their goals, you first need to understand why they make the decisions they do.

Louise Schofield

Co-Founder and CEO, PREKURE

Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest science and evidence in behaviour change.

In this course, you will learn both the art and science of coaching and behaviour change, giving you the practical knowledge to help your clients or patients make sustainable behavioural changes.

Learn all about motivational interviewing and how habits are formed, and discover the latest techniques from the field of positive psychology.

This course arms you with everything you need to know in the area of behaviour and medicine so you can really make a difference.

Study online, at home, any time.

All our courses are accessed from the convenience of your computer, smartphone or tablet, all from the comfort of your own home.

Be free to learn on your own time, at your own pace, and in your own space.

World Class Instructors


Dr Louise Schofield

Dr Louise Schofield

Behaviour Change

Health entrepreneur with a PhD in Public Health.

Prof Grant Schofield

Prof Grant Schofield

Public Health

Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT and Professor of Public Health.

Dr Catherine Crofts

Dr Catherine Crofts


Catherine has a PhD in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease, and is experienced in the deprescribing of medications.

Sonya English

Sonya English

Registered Nurse & PREKURE Lead Health Coach

Sonya has a masters of health practice and is highly experienced as a critical care nurse in the acute treatment of people suffering from ill-health.

Hear what our students are saying

Why are PREKURE the leaders in preventative lifestyle medicine?


  • PREKURE courses are taught by recognised world experts and academics.
  • PREKURE courses contain the latest evidence-informed knowledge and tools in lifestyle medicine.
  • PREKURE is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and are approved for CME credits and CPD.


What if I don’t like what I buy?

You’re protected by PREKURE’s unconditional, 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee. We want you to have peace of mind when you buy any of our programs, so we give you up to 30 risk-free days from the date you purchase to decide if it’s for you.

If you’re not happy with your results, simply contact us, and we will give you an instant refund. It’s that simple.

Course Content

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Module 1: What is Health?

Join Professor Grant Schofield as he explores the journey humanity has been on, and how this has affected our health and wellbeing. How are healthspan and lifespan different? How do we measure health in epidemiology? What is the difference between communicable and noncommunicable disease? This module will explore these questions, familiarise you with common medical terminology and introduce you to the health system and how it works.

Module 2: What is a Health Coach?

Learn about the basic principles of health coaching. Join PREKURE’s Lead Health Coach Sonya English as she walks you through the philosophy, scope of practice, core competencies and foundational skills of health coaching. What does it mean to be a health coach? What are you able to do and what is beyond your scope? This module will explore these questions and illustrate the profound effect health coaches can have.

Module 3: Health & Chronic Disease

Learn about diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Dementia and Alzheimer’s and anxiety and depression. Uncover the etiology and pathophysiology of these diseases and gain an understanding of the key lifestyle factors that are implicated in their development and progression. Join Prof Grant Schofield as he explains these diseases, and importantly outlines how you can help people, as a Health Coach.

Module 4: Behaviour Change 101

Join PREKURE’s CEO and behaviour change expert Louise Schofield as she delves into the science of behaviour change. By the end of this module you will have an understanding of the different theories of behaviour change and the importance of uncovering the ‘why’ or emotional driver behind behaviours. This module will equip you with a series of tools that you can use to squash unwanted behaviours and replace them with health promoting behaviours.

Module 5: Health Coaching in Practice

Learn about the realities of being a Health Coach in Primary Care as you hear from a PREKURE certified Health Coach working in primary care in a GP practice.

Approx. 20 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

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Frequently Asked Questions

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When does the course start and finish?

This course is available for you to start immediately as soon as you enrol with online, 24/7 access. You then have 12 months to complete your short course.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. You can do this course in your own time and at your own pace, with online 24/7 access. The course can easily be completed within four weeks by committing to approximately five hours of work per week. You do however have up to 12 months to complete your course.

Do I receive any certification for completing the course?

You will receive a PREKURE Certificate of Completion for this course.

What happens after I finish the course?

If you would like to continue learning, choose another Short Course or cross-credit into one of our Certificates.

Do I need any background or previous learning in the health field?

No. This course is perfect if you want to upskill for your own benefit. You will learn many tips and tricks that will help you and your loved ones. To date, we have had GPs, nurses, full-time mums, gardeners, IT specialists, and more enrolling on this course.

I am a nurse, physio or pharmacist. Does this course counts towards my CPD credits?

Yes, it counts as 20 hours.

How do I know this course is credible and contains correct information?

The course is scientifically-based and evidence-informed with full academic references provided for all materials. It is taught by our highly qualified, world-class teaching Faculty with extensive real-world experience. One of our past students says, “By aligning with a professional group like PREKURE, I can reassure my clients that I am using the latest, evidence-based tools and techniques to support them.”

Is this a CME endorsed course by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGPs)?

Our courses have been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and have been approved for CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.

Do I get lifetime access to this course?

No. All PREKURE course content is available for 12 months from the date you enrol. Each module does however come with notes that you can download.

If you’re completing this Short Course as part of a Certificate you can retain access to your course content by joining the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE Certificate graduates. This includes access to updated content, resources and references as we continue to develop and re-release courses.

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Learn how to build habits that stick from a leading doctor of behaviour change

The Secrets to Behaviour Change by Dr Louise Schofield