• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Psychology, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health

Life course approaches to human ageing is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts in the field of human development and ageing. The course provides an overview of psycho-social-biological factors that impact on the ageing process. This includes understanding age-normative changes in cognitive, physical and mental health, changes in family structure and social contexts, and the neurodegenerative conditions that impact on sensory, cognitive and physical function. Specific areas that may be covered include dementia, diet, visual and hearing impairment, mobility and falls, the provision of informal and formal care, mental health, and work and retirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On Satisfying the requirements of this course, students will be able to:

1• Understand and integrate the key components of the body of knowledge on lifecourse approaches to ageing and how they apply to population health; (LO - 1)
2• Assimilate and evaluate the literature that pertains to lifecourse approaches to ageing and population health; (LO - 2)
3• Critically evaluate and debate research findings from relevant literature by employing statistical inference and interpretation skills. (LO - 3)
4• Research and apply theories of ageing to specific domains and problems (LO - 4)
5• Interpret and transmit knowledge of ageing to specialist and non specialist audiences (LO - 5)
6• Demonstrate autonomy, expert knowledge and adaptability in the application of knowledge on ageing to specific issues in population health.  (LO – 6)

Indicative Assessment

Oral Poster Presentation   - approximately 20% of overall grade (LO 1-5)
Two Structured Reports     - approximately 40% of overall grade each (LO 1-4 and 6)

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Indicative workload includes a I hour lecture and 2 hours of seminars per week, or equivalent. In addition, students are expected to dedicate between 7 - 9 hours of private study per week.

Preliminary Reading

Anstey, K. J., Eramudugolla, R., Hosking, D.E., Lautenschlager, N.T., Dixon, R. A. (May 2015). Bridging the Translation Gap: From Dementia Risk Assessment to Advice on Risk Reduction. Journal of the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2(3):189-198. Doi:10.14283/jpad.2015.75

Barban, N. (2013) Family trajectories and healt: A lifecourse perspective. European Journal of Population. 29; 357-359.

Blane D, Webb E, Wahrendorf M, et al. Life course influences on quality of life at age 50 years: evidence from the National Child Development Study (1958 British birth cohort study). Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. 2012;3(3):13.

Cavanagh, J.C. & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2011). Studying Adult Development and Aging. In J.C. Cavanagh & F. Blanchard-Fields (Eds.). Adult Development and Aging (6th Ed., pp 1-20). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Hosking D, Danthiir V. Retrospective lifetime dietary patterns are associated with demographic and cardiovascular health variables in an older community-dwelling Australian population. Br J Nutr. 2013;110:2069-83.

Ismail et al. (2015). Neuropsychiatric symptoms as early manifestations of emergent dementia: Provisional diagnostic criteria for mild behavioral impairment. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Jun 18. pii: S1552-5260(15)00215-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2015.05.017. [Epub ahead of print]

Kendig H, Elias AM, Matwijiw P, Anstey K. Developing age-friendly cities and communities in Australia.J Aging Health. 2014 Dec;26(8):1390-414. doi: 10.1177/0898264314532687. Review.

Lin, F.R. (2012).  Hearing loss in older adults: Who’s listening? JAMA, 307(11), 1147-1148. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.305

Lipsky, M.S. and King M. (2015) Biological theories of ageing. Disease a month. in press.

O’Loughlin, K., Kendig, H., and Browning, C. (eds) Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities, Springer, in press.

Parekh N, Zizza C. Life course epidemiology in nutrition and chronic disease research: a timely discussion. Advances in nutrition 2013;4(5):551-3.

Assumed Knowledge

Capacity to use journals/online search facilities
Background in health science


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3894
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $5190
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9241 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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