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HS5801 - Health Coaching and Behaviour Change

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

This subject provides a blended theoretical and practical learning process on health behaviour change methodologies to improve lifestyle and socially related health factors. Students will learn the principles of health coaching psychology, verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, therapeutic relationship building, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapies for coaching, the role of behaviour science in designing built environments and applying self-care. Specific behaviours such as nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep, mental wellbeing and stress management, tobacco and substance dependence, social connection, social media, other social determinants and connection with the natural world will be focussed on. Furthermore, when applicable, associated technology (e.g. devices, apps and online platforms) that support behaviour change will be reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate and compare the determinants on behaviour including lifestyle factors, social factors and personal and professional built environments;
  • evaluate health behaviour change methodologies to improve lifestyle and socially related health factors including health coaching psychology, therapeutic relationship building, motivational interviewing, health education and the role of health technology such as devices, apps and online platforms;
  • integrate effective communication strategies to enhance therapeutic relationships and improve lifestyle and socially related health factors;
  • actualise the experience of practitioner self-care as a foundation for understanding health related behaviour change.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Self-reflection task - (25%) - Individual.


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.