Course Title: Nutrition and Determinants of Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nutrition and Determinants of Health

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


173H School of Health and Biomed


Viet1 2024


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Sharayah Carter and Dr Kailin Day

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email: and

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with an understanding of the behavioural, social and environment determinants of chronic lifestyle related disease and how these can be modified to prevent and reverse disease. The interdisciplinary nature and evidence based approach of lifestyle medicine and its ability to impact health care will be explored. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:  

BP154 Bachelor of Psychology 

  • PLO 1 Apply breadth and depth of psychology theories, concepts and evidence in various real-world settings using a scientific approach;
  • PLO 4 Communicate to diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats and employing professional integrity, inclusivity and culturally safe practices;
  • PLO 5 Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional decisions and resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice, autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team; 
  • PLO 6 Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse settings with commitment to First nations and globally inclusive perspectives. 

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Describe the pillars of lifestyle medicine;  
  2. Analyse how modification of behavioural, social, environmental and psychological determinants can prevent disease or improve health outcomes; 
  3. Communicate in both written and oral format to apply your knowledge to global health challenges. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Quizzes 
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1 

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignment 
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3 

Assessment Task 3: Oral Presentation 
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.