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PHFN 655 Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction Programs

This course examines the etiology and development of major lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, obesity, nutritional disorders, and selected infectious diseases. Emphasis is on identifying risk factors and examining of successful risk-reduction programs. Field experience.

Units: 3



  • Graduate students:
    • MPH
  • This course may also be taken by
    • Business professionals for continuing education
    • Business professionals as non-degree course for professional development
    • Graduate students of other schools as transfer credit


At least 4 hours/day




Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Explain the different lifestyle diseases in terms of its impact, description, etiology, risk factors, symptoms, and risk reduction.
  • Analyze different lifestyle disease programs, issues, and trends.
  • Present effective risk reduction programs for the different lifestyle diseases.
  • Develop a risk reduction program for a specific lifestyle disease with an integration of Christ’s method of behavior change.
  • Conduct a lifestyle disease risk reduction program to an individual at high risk for a specific lifestyle disease.



Week 1 Overview of Leading Lifestyle Related Diseases
Week 2 Promoting Behavior Change and Creating a Supportive Environment for Healthy Lifestyle Planning for Healthy Lifestyle Change; and Framework for an Integrated Community-Based NCD Prevention and Control Program
Week 3 Risk Factor Assessment Intervention and Risk Reduction Programs
Week 4 Cardiovascular Diseases:  Global epidemiology, risk factors, and prevention
Week 5 Cancer:  Global epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and control
Week 6 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Global epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and control and Asthma: Global burden, risk factors, prevention
Week 7 Diabetes Mellitus: Global epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and control; and Obesity:  Global burden and prevalence, health consequences, risk factors, prevention
Week 8 Tuberculosis: Global burden, prevalence, transmission, risk factors, prevention; Malaria: global burden, life cycle of malaria, and control; and HIV/AIDS: Prevalence, life cycle, coinfections, prevention and control
Week 9 Research Presentation and Final Exam




Chirlynor Calbayan, DrPH

Dr. Chirlynor Calbayan has been a full time faculty member at the AIIAS Graduate School, Public Health Department since 2013. She holds a doctoral degree in Public Health Major in Preventive Health Care, Master in Public Health, and Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a registered nutritionist-dietitian.  Before coming to AIIAS, she served as a health educator, clinical dietitian, public health nutritionist, and adjunct professor in different organizations for at least 12 years. She is one of the pioneers of the Health and Wellness Lifestyle Program at Adventist Medical Center-Manila.