NMHS10100 Health across the Lifespan
Academic Year 2021/2022
The module aims to introduce students to the concept of health across the lifespan, the various ways in which health is understood and promoted. It examines aspects of the health of individuals and populations from birth to old age, with particular reference to health in Ireland, and discusses a range of factors that influence the health and well-being including psychological, social and cultural factors, and political and economic factors. Milestones and transitional periods in the lifespan such as birth, adolescence, middle and old age, are examined in detail. This module also provides a brief overview of the ways in which the health of individuals and populations are assessed and measured, with reference to health statistics, demographic data and social research. This module also looks at various factors that affect the health of individuals such as alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, sudden adult death syndrome, mental health and depression, eating disorders, cancer, and diabetes.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Define health and altered health.2. Discuss the factors that influence the health of persons and populations across the lifespan such as psychological, social and cultural factors.3. Identify milestones and transitional periods in the lifespan, and discuss aspects of the health of individuals during these milestones and transitional periods.4. Outline factors that promote the health and well being of individuals and populations across the lifespan. 5. State the ways that the health of indviduals and populations may be assessed and measured.
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