Among the determinants of health are many lifestyle factors about which we may exercise personal choice – physical activity, nutrition, hygiene, drug use, vehicular safety, sexual practices, use of health care services, and so on. This course focuses on patterns and prevention of diseases, and their relationships with these personal choices. The inter-relationships of various lifestyle choices and the social context in which these choices are made are strong themes throughout. Topics covered include: physical activity and sedentarism, reproduction and contraception, healthy sexuality and sexual abuse, sleep and stress management, health care / self-care practices, immunity and infectious disease, including those transmitted sexually, nutrition, substance use and abuse, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, mental health disorders, trauma, and environmental health issues.
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