- Online: February, July
3 years part-time
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health discipline
Stay up to date with the changing needs of the health profession, and benefit from new research, technology and multi-disciplinary health care education. Lifestyle medicine is a relatively recent discipline that focuses on managing lifestyle-related health problems to 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. Throughout your course, you’ll learn to apply theories in psychological, medical, nutritional and addiction science in a variety of health contexts.
Choose from electives in research, public health, business and health professional education to align with your career goals. Complete your studies with a capstone project, where you will apply your understanding of lifestyle medicine to an industry-related issue. Build your network with connections to high profile clinicians, researchers, industry experts and innovators in the field of lifestyle medicine. This flexible, online course takes three years to complete part-time.
With studies indicating that the majority of chronic disease burden is preventable with lifestyle interventions, the demand for lifestyle medicine professionals is only increasing.
Graduates of JCU’s Master of Lifestyle Medicine will be sought-after leaders with the skills to improve health care innovatively and holistically.
Students who complete the Master of Lifestyle Medicine will be eligible to apply for a Fellowship of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
There is an increasingly high demand for lifestyle and public health expertise in almost all health care industries, including primary care and tertiary hospital settings, community projects, industry, not-for-profit and government sectors. Graduates of JCU’s Master of Lifestyle Medicine will have the skills to consult and lead clinical and research programs in a variety of health care 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.
Master of Lifestyle Medicine
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Medicine and Dentistry
Completion of at least an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health discipline from this or another University.
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
36 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Master of Lifestyle Medicine, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.
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
HS5804:06 Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Lifestyle Medicine
HS7405:03 Research Methodologies for Health Professionals
Select 15 credit points of subjects from List 1
HS5111:03 Alcohol and Other Drugs
TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health
TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
TM5575:03 Substance Misuse Prevention
HS5409:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions
HS7411:03 Leadership in Health Professional Education
LB5202:03 Marketing Essentials
TM5528:03 Health Promotion
TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health
TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health
TM5526:03 Public Health Economics
TM5549:06 Dissertation 1
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Mid-year entry available (Please note students will complete the course in 3.5 years when starting mid-year)
Expected time to complete
3 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
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
12 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 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
MASTER 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 or a Graduate Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine offered by the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
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 Roy Rasalam
Head of Clinical Studies
Lifestyle Medicine uses evidence-based interventions to target the risk factors for chronic disease and make clinically meaningful changes to people’s lives. Through implementation of the foundational skills taught in these subjects, graduates will be empowered to prevent and treat major non-communicable diseases.