Singapore University of Social Sciences

Physiology and Healthcare (GER505)

Applications Open: 01 April 2019

Applications Close: 31 May 2019

Next Available Intake: July 2019

Course Types: Certificate Course, Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

GER505 Physiology and Healthcare highlights the importance of universal healthcare provision in various societies, and the individual’s responsibilities throughout the life course in self-care. The life course perspective is adopted in examining the consequences of lifelong healthy lifestyle for old age. Primary secondary and tertiary level healthcare provisions in a nation are discussed in terms of their interdependence and roles. Preventive health screening, influence of food habits and choices are factors that are related to health status in old age. Nutrition, addictions, lifestyles, and behavioural responsibility such as regular exercise and medical insurance are discussed in the course. Students will learn about common age-related illnesses and their symptoms. Healthcare policies in Singapore are critiqued and future challenges will be addressed.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • Biological theories of ageing
  • Healthcare across the life course
  • Physiological changes with age
  • Common addictions e.g. alcoholism, drugs
  • Age-related illnesses
  • Understanding frailty
  • Understanding nutrition for older adults
  • Cultural Diversity and Health
  • Preventive healthcare strategies
  • Policies relating to health care and long term care
  • Healthcare service delivery for older people
  • Future challenges

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss and gain insight into the physiological changes in ageing and healthcare.
  • Examine the common age-related diseases, their symptoms and how they affect overall
  • Appraise how nutritional deficiencies relate to illness and frailty.
  • Discuss the benefits of regular physical activity for older adults.
  • Analyse the healthcare issues of an ageing population.
  • Implement nutritional assessment and evaluation of clients.
  • Develop competency and collaborative skills to work in a multidisciplinary team in an
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