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MBHT5003: Obesity and Pre-diabetes: Prevention and Care

This unit of study will develop students' understanding of how to effectively manage overweight, obesity and pre-diabetes. It will facilitate increased confidence in the prevention and practical management of these conditions. Current evidence and concepts in epidemiology, classification, and pathogenesis of overweight and obesity and prediabetes and related public health issues are addressed. An intensive focus on state-of-the-art patient-centred management of obesity and prediabetes follows, including patient engagement with behavioural and psychological approaches, lifestyle interventions in nutrition and exercise, bariatric surgery, medication options and regimens, and sustainability of outcomes. Overweight and obesity, as well as prediabetes will be explored with a personalised, case-based approach. Different health care delivery methods, team-based approaches to individualised care, and obesity and prediabetes at a community level are explored.

Code MBHT5003
Academic unit Metabolic Health
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. provide participants with a clear understanding of the definition, development and consequences of weight gain and obesity
  • LO2. guide participants to define the appropriate outcomes of weight management interventions
  • LO3. enable participants to identify persons at high risk of weight related illness
  • LO4. provide participants with the skills and tools to plan, initiate and review weight management interventions
  • LO5. enable participants to tailor intervention to address specific weight management issues that arise with different conditions
  • LO6. guide participants on the application of weight management principles in children and adolescents
  • LO7. explain the condition of prediabetes, its definition and assessment and the appropriate process of management
  • LO8. provide participants with an understanding of the spectrum of obesity management and the importance of weight gain prevention.