Course summary

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 joins Southern Cross University’s suite of health degrees that take an interdisciplinary and patient-centred approach to healthcare. 

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 joins Southern Cross University’s suite of health degrees that take an interdisciplinary and patient-centred approach to healthcare. 

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.

Course Learning Outcome

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.

4. Understand and function within applicable professional competencies, scopes of practice, codes of conduct, codes of ethics, laws and policies.

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.

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.

9. Demonstrate advanced verbal and written communication skills that drive appropriate patient and population outcomes in diverse settings.

10. Demonstrate an ability to advocate the socio-cultural preferences, needs and values of individuals and groups across diverse settings and within interdisciplinary teams.

Graduates of the Master of Lifestyle Medicine may be eligible to apply for a Fellowship with the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).


Course overview

Course code

1209300

Course abbreviation

MLifestyleMed

Credit points

96

Equivalent units

8

Duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Duration

1 year full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Study Period 4 N/A N/A

Fee information

Fee paying


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules 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)