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PUBH5555: Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Prevention

2020 unit information

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.

Unit details and rules

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Public Health

Code PUBH5555
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. (critically) examine the associations between multiple lifestyle behaviours, health, and well-being
  • LO2. apply conceptual frameworks and models to identify determinants/correlates of lifestyle behaviours and chronic disease
  • LO3. synthesise and critique existing lifestyle-related chronic disease prevention programs
  • LO4. consider how effective programs can be scaled up to influence policy and practice to promote health and prevent chronic disease.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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