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. 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. All health professionals are encouraged to apply.
Students who complete the Master of Lifestyle Medicine will be eligible to apply for a Fellowship of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
For students who do not qualify to enter directly into the Master of Lifestyle Medicine you may use the Graduate Certificate of Lifestyle Medicine or the Graduate Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine as a stepping stone towards the higher qualification.
Master of Lifestyle Medicine
Do you feel passionate about health and wellbeing and want to pursue a fulfilling career in helping people? Consider the growing field of lifestyle medicine, an evidence-based branch of medicine which focuses on researching, preventing and treating health issues caused by lifestyle factors and preventable causes. As a lifestyle medicine professional, you can help the world live healthier, fuller lives and help people improve the quality of their lives by changing their habits and behaviours. If you choose lifestyle medicine, you can work in health care without spending ten years studying to become a doctor. JCU offers a unique lifestyle medicine master’s degree with online and flexible studying that sets you up for success in your future career by providing you with all the skills you need for this field along with next-level networking opportunities. This degree is the only one of its kind in Australia offered under a school of medicine.
Why Study Lifetime Medicine?
Lifestyle is a growing and innovative field recognising the powerful impact of our lifestyle and behaviours on our health, which makes this a highly rewarding career for those interested in health and wellbeing. It is a career that truly makes a difference. Some of the reasons you should study lifestyle medicine master's degree include:
- Become part of a growing field researching and learning about how behaviour and lifestyle impact our health
- Support and help people to develop sustainable and healthy lifestyles and behaviours that prevent or ease the symptoms of various health problems
- Work in medicine without a doctorate
- Choose a future-proof career
With an increasing understanding of the importance of lifestyle on health, lifestyle medicine professionals are becoming more sought after, which means you would be entering a career where there is always demand for you and where you’ll be secure in employment in the future.
Study Part-Time Online
The Master of Lifestyle Medicine at JCU is a flexible and fully remote degree that you can complete from anywhere in the country. Studying online saves you time and money on commuting and offers flexibility. Completing the degree part-time allows you to fit it alongside your other commitments and remain in full-time employment as you study, easing the economic worries that often come with returning to education. The degree takes three years to complete part-time and will qualify you to apply for a Fellowship of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. If you do not qualify for the master’s, you can start by completing the Graduate Certificate of Lifestyle Medicine or Graduate Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine at JCU.
Studying a Lifestyle Medicine Master's Degree in QLD at JCU
If you’re looking to become a Master of Lifestyle Medicine in Queensland, there is no better choice than JCU. The JCU lifestyle medicine master’s degree is the only one in the country offered by a school of medicine. During your studies, you will get access to unique networking opportunities and connect with industry professionals. You will develop all the skills sought after in the industry and become highly employable after graduation. You will learn to apply theories from psychology, medicine, nutrition and addiction science in various health contexts, critically investigate lifestyle-related illnesses, engage with innovation and entrepreneurship in medicine, and more. You will have the opportunity to choose electives that suit your career aspirations and will finish your degree with a capstone project.
Apply for this unique degree through JCU’s online application portal.
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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 Master 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.
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Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
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.
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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 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.
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:03 Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine
:03 Health Coaching and Behaviour Change
:03 Models of Care and Innovation in Lifestyle Medicine
:06 Lifestyle Medicine Assessment and Prescription
:03 Research Methodologies for Health Professionals
Option 1 - Project
:06 Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Lifestyle Medicine
Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1
Option 2 - HDR Pathway
: 06 Research Planning
:06 Research Project
Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1
:03 Alcohol and Other Drugs
:03 Social Science in Public Health
:03 Tropical Public Health
:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
:03 Substance Misuse Prevention
:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions
:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions
:03 Leadership in Health Professional Education
:03 Marketing Essentials
:03 Health Promotion
:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals
:03 Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy
:03 Epidemiology for Public Health
:03 Biostatistics for Public Health
:03 Public Health Economics
:03 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Mid-year entry available
(Please note students will complete the course in 2-2.5 years when starting mid-year)
Expected time to complete
1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Please refer to the Coursework Enrolment Procedure
Students who wish to enrol in the RM8501 and RM8502 (HDR Pathway) must have the approval of the course coordinator and have successfully completed 15 credit points of study in the program (which includes HS7405).
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
24 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.
Students who have exit the course prior to completion, and have completed HS7405, RM8501 and RM8502, may be eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate of Research Methods
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
JCU offers multiple Pathways to University. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, consider exploring our available Pathways options.
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 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.