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Health-Risk Behaviours and Health-Protective Behaviours

5.0 credits

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Coming in November 2021


1 Day*

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Identify what motivates people to maintain risky or healthy behaviours, and understand the applications of mediating health risks.

The public health sector is constantly working to reduce people’s risky health behaviours. Understanding what motivates people to maintain risky or healthy behaviours, and change their behaviour, can lead to better health outcomes for individuals and more effective public health policies and practices.

In this credential you will discuss behaviours such as alcoholism, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, inactive lifestyle and sexual behaviour in relation to health risks.

In this credential you will:

  • distinguish between health-protective behaviour and health-risk behaviour
  • explain the relationship between health behaviours and risk of disease
  • discuss tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet with regard to health
  • analyse reasons for the initiation of health-risk behaviours
  • explain factors in adherence and non-adherence
  • describe the relationship of a healthy diet to health
  • discuss physical activity as a protective behaviour in health
  • examine the role of screening in health behaviour.

To be successful in this credential, it would be beneficial to have:

  • a degree in any discipline or several years’ experience of working in a related profession.

What you will gain from this Credential

Successful completion of this credential earns a digital badge that is instantly shareable to your social networks (including LinkedIn) which showcases your skill mastery in Health-Risk Behaviours and Health-Protective Behaviours.


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This credential provides foundation knowledge in a discipline and doesn’t require previous knowledge.


You will also earn 5 credit points which are in line with AQF Level 8 criteria, ensuring comprehensive theoretical and/or technical knowledge of the credential.

What should you bring to this Credential?  

Learning materials will be provided to you through the teaching of this credential and via Canvas, our Learning Management System. Learners are welcome to bring devices such as laptops and tablets to class, as well as any content they believe will contribute to the learning environment.

Curtin Credentials focus on five themes, which have been carefully curated based on what’s most relevant and valuable to professionals today, and in the future. This credential fits within the following theme:

Influence and persuasion

Equip yourself with skills and strategies to make effective change and become a persuasive thought leader in your career.

Keen to explore offering this credential to your team or company? For information on this, or any other question about Curtin Credentials, email us at or call Curtin Connect at 1300 222 888

*This credential involves one day of instruction, however to pass and gain five credit points, you will need to commit further time to complete the full set of learning activities including (but not limited to) self-guided study and research, extension readings, activities and the final assessment activity.
^Learning is done completely online and at your own pace.

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