Master of Lifestyle MedicineMasters by Coursework
A large percentage of chronic disease risk can be attributed to lifestyle behaviours. However, assisting individuals to modify their lifestyle remains an ongoing challenge for many health practitioners.
The Master of Lifestyle Medicine is designed for health practitioners working in general medicine, allied health, nursing or other health disciplines who wish to develop skills and knowledge in the specialised field of lifestyle medicine. The course assists practitioners to more confidently prescribe lifestyle interventions and facilitate behaviour change in order to support the prevention and management of chronic disease and to improve patient outcomes.
The Master of Lifestyle Medicine is taught by leaders in the field and uses an evidence-based approach to examine the principles and practices of lifestyle medicine, including determinants of health, clinical processes and models of care, and strategies and interventions for preventing and managing disease. A capstone research project also enables students to investigate an area of interest in depth.
This course is part of Southern Cross University’s suite of health degrees that take an interdisciplinary and patient-centred approach to healthcare.
|Course Learning Outcome|
GA1: Intellectual rigour
1. Apply an evidence-based clinical-decision making framework using appropriate evidence and critical thinking within contemporary lifestyle medicine practice.
2. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to investigating and contributing to lifestyle medicine practice and scholarship.
3. Critically and creatively evaluate and respond to actual and potential health problems impacting individuals, families and communities.
GA3: Ethical practice
4. Understand and function within applicable professional competencies, scopes of practice, codes of conduct, codes of ethics, laws and policies.
GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and critical application of pertinent lifestyle medicine theories and frameworks in clinical and professional contexts.
6. Apply an integrated body of knowledge of, and be responsive to, local and global determinants of health across a range of populations in a safe and competent manner.
GA5: Lifelong learning
7. Critically reflect on current skills, knowledge, attitudes and practices to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional learning.
8. Apply autonomy, accountability, adaptability, professional advocacy, responsibility and leadership in lifestyle medicine across diverse teams and settings.
GA6: Communication and social skills
9. Demonstrate advanced verbal and written communication skills that drive appropriate patient and population outcomes in diverse settings.
GA7: Cultural competence
10. Demonstrate an ability to advocate the socio-cultural preferences, needs and values of individuals and groups across diverse settings and within interdisciplinary teams.
Core units include: principles and practice of lifestyle medicine – foundations, clinical processes, planning and management; psychological and environmental influences on health; self-management and chronic disease; and metabolic health and management. Students are also required to complete a major health research project.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Online||Term 1 , Term 3||N/A||N/A|
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
To be eligible to receive the Master of Lifestyle Medicine, students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:
- 8 core units (96 credit points)
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Available||Credit points||Notes|
Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award
|HLTH5006||Principles & Practice of Lifestyle Medicine I: Foundations||
|HLTH5007||Principles & Practice of Lifestyle Medicine 2: Clinical Processes||
|HLTH6003||Principles & Practice of Lifestyle Medicine 3: Planning and Management||
|HLTH6004||Psychological & Environmental Influences on Health||
|HLTH6005||Self-management and Chronic Disease||
|HLTH6002||Metabolic Health and Management||
|NATM6003||Health Research Project A||
|NATM6004||Health Research Project B||
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Notes|
|HLTH5006||Principles & Practice of Lifestyle Medicine I: Foundations|
|HLTH5007||Principles & Practice of Lifestyle Medicine 2: Clinical Processes|
|HLTH6003||Principles & Practice of Lifestyle Medicine 3: Planning and Management|
|HLTH6004||Psychological & Environmental Influences on Health|
|HLTH6005||Self-management and Chronic Disease|
|HLTH6002||Metabolic Health and Management|
|NATM6003||Health Research Project A|
|NATM6004||Health Research Project B|