- Online: February, July
2 years part-time
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health discipline and current AHPRA registration as a health professional
Health care professionals can enhance their careers by expanding their expertise with lifestyle medicine. Benefit from new research, technology and multi-disciplinary healthcare education in this fast-growing discipline. You will gain the skills to manage lifestyle-related health problems, and prevent and reverse common chronic physical and mental health illnesses.
Experience high-quality teaching and programs, with opportunities to engage with innovation and entrepreneurship in the health, community and industry spaces. Critically investigate and assess lifestyle-related disease, including diverse models of care. You will learn to apply theories in psychological, medical, nutritional and addiction science in a variety of health contexts.
This flexible, online course takes two years to complete part-time. You will study four core subjects, plus choose from electives in research, public health, business and health professional education to align with your career goals. Build your network with connections to high profile clinicians, researchers, industry experts and innovators in the field of lifestyle medicine.
With studies indicating that the majority of chronic disease burden is preventable with lifestyle interventions, the demand for lifestyle medicine professionals will only increase.
Graduates of JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine are sought-after leaders with the skills to improve health care innovatively and holistically. All health professionals are encouraged to apply.
Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine will be eligible for a Fellowship of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. You can also go on to complete the Master of Lifestyle Medicine.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine.
There is an increasingly high demand for lifestyle and public health expertise in almost all healthcare industries, including primary care and tertiary hospital settings, community projects, industry, not-for-profit and government sectors. Graduates of JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine will have the skills to consult and lead clinical and research programs in a variety of healthcare settings.
This course provides qualifications to support careers in clinical practice, public health, research, teaching, consultation for health care systems, occupational programs, industry and community programs.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Medicine and Dentistry
Completion of at least an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health discipline from this or another University, and current registration as a health professional
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
24 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Postgraduate Medicine.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
HS5800:03 Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine
HS5801:03 Health Coaching and Behaviour Change
HS5802:03 Models of Care and Innovation in Lifestyle Medicine
HS5803:03 Lifestyle Medicine Assessment and Prescription
HS7405:03 Research Methodologies for Health Professionals
Select 9 credit points of subjects from List 1
HS5111:03 Alcohol and Other Drugs
TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health
TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health
TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
HS5409:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions
HS7411:03 Leadership in Health Professional Education
LB5202:03 Marketing Essentials
TM5528:03 Health Promotion
TM5513:03 Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy
TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health
TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health
TM5526:03 Public Health Economics
TM5547:03 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
2 years part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Please refer to the Coursework Enrolment Procedure
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory fieldwork
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study, approved training or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
6 credit points except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 8 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE
Exit with lesser award
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate of Lifestyle Medicine offered by the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine.
Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Lifestyle Medicine, and may be granted credit for all subjects completed under this course
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Inbound Cross-Institutional Study is available for some of the core Lifestyle Medicine subjects.
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Master of Lifestyle Medicine
My practice has been profoundly changed by the learnings of this course. I’ve told any colleague who would stand still long enough that they should check it out. Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about lifestyle medicine.
Dr Eileen Gourley
Master of Lifestyle Medicine
Interesting, informative and highly relevant to modern healthcare. I have found this course hugely enjoyable, well curated and presented, and would recommend it to anyone wanting to advance their learning in the area of lifestyle medicine.
Dr Sam Manger
Studying lifestyle medicine at JCU is an incubator for exciting careers, projects and innovation in health care. There is a rapidly growing evidence and demand for lifestyle medicine, whole of person care and whole of community care from the public, clinicians, researchers and industry.
Dr Joanna McMillan
Dietician, author and regular host of ABC's Catalyst program
I have worked for many years with Dr Manger as part of our ASLM events and conferences, and he leads the field with knowledge, passion and enthusiasm. Having the opportunity to undertake a course led by him is undoubtedly a fantastic opportunity and you can be assured of quality, evidence-based teaching.