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HS5803 - Lifestyle Medicine Assessment and Prescription

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

HS5803 Lifestyle Medicine Assessment and Prescription is a core subject of the Graduate Diploma and Master in Lifestyle Medicine. This subject provides a blended theoretical and practical learning process on the assessment and prescription of lifestyle and social health factors including optimising nutrition, fasting, physical activity, sleep, mental wellbeing and mind-body practices, social connection, connection with the natural world and minimising harmful screen and substance use. Students will learn to make lifestyle and social prescription recommendations for the optimisation of human wellbeing and longevity as well as prevention and management of common chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, brain and neurological disease, gastrointestinal disease, mental illness, women's and men's health conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, oncological and immune disorders. Where safe and appropriate, students will also learn to evaluate the options for deprescribing medications for these disorders (deprescribing should only be done by medical professionals). Students will learn to adapt lifestyle and social assessment and prescriptions that are appropriate for varied geographical and cultural backgrounds. This subject will also provide students with the opportunity to experience an interdisciplinary team-based approach to improving patient health outcomes from a lifestyle medicine perspective.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate lifestyle screening assessments into health settings and clinical practice;
  • Generate appropriate lifestyle and social prescriptions for health and wellbeing and the prevention and management of common chronic diseases;
  • Adapt and integrate lifestyle and social assessment and prescriptions that are appropriate to varied geographical and cultural backgrounds;
  • Work as part of interdisciplinary team to make patient assessments and provide social prescription recommendations.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Case report 1 - (5%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (10%) - Group
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Clinical assessment 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Scenario-based learning activity - (40%) - Group.
Prerequisites: HS5800 AND HS5801


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Sam Manger.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 40 hours online activity
  • 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.