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HS5800 - Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

This subject seeks to provide students with a conceptual and theoretical foundation for studying the role of lifestyle and social factors such as nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep, mental wellbeing and stress management, tobacco and substance dependence, social connection, social media, connection with the natural world, social determinants and, when applicable, associated technology in influencing the incidence and understanding of physical and mental health and illness. Topics covered include lifestyle and social determinants of health and illness, evidence and biomedical basis for the role of these lifestyle factors in chronic physical and mental disease prevention and treatment, the sociopolitical, industrial and environmental influencers and determinants and the role of self-care.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse the lifestyle determinants on health and illness including nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep, mental wellbeing and stress management, tobacco and substance dependence, social connection, social media, connection with the natural world and, when applicable, associated technology;
  • evaluate the broad influences on health and health policy including social, environmental political and economic influences;
  • plan and produce lifestyle and social medicine related health media to communicate health messages and educate and engage with specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • actualise self-care with relation to lifestyle and socially related resilience, health and wellbeing.

Subject Assessment

  • Participation > Class participation - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Multimedia production - (50%) - Group.

Availabilities

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coord/Lect: Dr Sam Manger.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online interactive lectures
  • 9 hours threaded online discussions
  • 26 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • 52 hours online content
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.