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Contemporary Issues in Health & Lifestyle

What is this Structured Elective about?
This Structured Elective brings together modules that will address contemporary issues in health and lfestyle from diet to physical activity and mental health. Finishing the modules, you should know about lifestyle approaches to health, have an understanding of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and be able to describe key lifestyle contributors to physical and mental health and wellbeing and the origins of healthy communities and the human form.

Why should I take this Structured Elective?
This Structured Elective is aimed a general audience within UCD, for students with an interest in health & lifestyle and the human condition. It may complement your ongoing studies or address some of your own personal interests outside of your degree. Whatever the reason, this module will give you knowledge that will be useful to you as a person now and in the future.

How would this Structured Elective benefit me?
Whether you are taking this for academic or personal reasons the information you will learn in this module will benefit you to make better health and lifestyle choices and teach you the reasons, or principles behind the recommendations given to consumers in terms of health and lifestyle.

How do I take the modules in this Structured Elective?

  • In order to earn this Structured Elective you must take the specified modules in or after 2017/18.
  • To receive this Structured Elective you must take the required modules as Elective modules and not as Core or Option modules.
  • You can choose any three modules from the selection available to achieve the required credits for this Structured Elective. You can complete these in any order you want at any time point throughout your time within UCD.
  • You do not need to register for this Structured Elective in advance, it will be awarded you complete 15 credits during your studies.
  • No guarantee is given to you that it will be possible to take 15 credits from the outset, this will depend on module places being available and on the exigencies of the timetable.
  • Prerequisites apply to some modules.
  • Select three modulesfrom the list below:
Module Title Credits


Introduction to Physical and Forensic Anthropology
Food Diet and Health
A Social History of Irish Healthcare
Health across the Lifespan
Health, Fitness and Nutrition


NMHS 20060
Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills: Personal and Professional Development
Introduction to Psychology for Health Care
Introduction to Massage
Mindfulness for Health
Introduction to One Health-Bridging Human & Veterinary Medical Sciences
HNUT30010 Food Diet and Health III 5

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