Singapore University of Social Sciences

Physiology and Healthcare (GER505)


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 termsof 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, andbehavioural responsibility such as regular exercise and medical insurance are discussed in the course. Students will learn about common age-related illnesses and their symptoms. Healthcarepolicies in Singapore are critiqued and future challenges will be addressed.

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


  • 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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