Master of Lifestyle Medicine
Prevent, treat, and manage chronic disease through lifestyle changes
Guide your patients through lifestyle choices to help them live healthier lives. You’ll explore how factors including food, exercise, and sleep can make a real difference. Learn to conduct assessments and make plans. Change their habits and behaviours.
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Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
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.
This course enables clinicians to enhance their practice by developing knowledge and skills in the area of lifestyle medicine, with a view to aiding the prevention and management of chronic disease, and improving health outcomes.
Graduates of the Master of Lifestyle Medicine will be eligible to apply for Fellowship with the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).
Completed Bachelor Degree
English Proficiency Requirements
Listening minimum- 6.0
Speaking minimum- 6.0
Reading minimum - 6.0
Writing minimum- 6.0
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing.
More information can found in Credit for Recognition of Prior Learning - Southern Cross University (scu.edu.au)
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.
Recommended Study Pattern
- 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
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)