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Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Prevention - PUBH5555

Year - 2020

The prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or chronic diseases (mainly diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and cancers) involves shared risk factors. This unit introduces students to the principles of primordial and primary prevention and control of NCD risk factors, specifically tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, salt reduction, and obesity prevention. This unit provides an integrated exploration of the current state-of-the-art in research and practice for addressing these preventable lifestyle risk factors. The emphasis is on primordial and primary prevention strategies, rather than the management of NCDs in those already with chronic disease. This solutions-focused unit comprises specific modules about each of tobacco control, harmful alcohol consumption, physical activity, nutrition and health, salt and health, and obesity prevention. By the end of this unit, students will understand the dynamic relationships between the key risk factors, and the important role of primary prevention approaches to reducing lifestyle risks that are precursors to NCDs.

Two face-to-face/on campus seminars/workshops (9.00am to 5.00pm), plus 10x online asynchronous tutorials (up to 2 hours per tutorial).

1x1500 word individual assignment (30%), 1x2500 word individual assignment (45%), 1x5mins online oral presentation (10%), anonymised peer evaluation according to pre-determined criteria based on academic content using peer evaluation form; final mark will be the median of all the peer marks, aynchronous tutorial participation (15%) defined as making at least 4 considered posts per tutorial, posts that contribute and build on the discussion rather than just endorse earlier posts of others

None, Readings will be provided




Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Public Health
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Yvonne Laird, A/Professor Philayrath Phongsavan
HECS Band: 2
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