Obesity: The Solutions?

This module will change your views on the solutions to obesity.

In this module you will gain a solid understanding of the complex nature of obesity and existing solutions, discuss the reasons for our failure to tackle obesity effectively, and explore new evidence and ideas for obesity treatment and prevention, ranging from government policy-making to manipulation of an individual’s metabolic and thermogenic processes.

Module Aims

The module aims to:

  • Provide an understanding of the challenges we face at all levels in tackling the obesity crisis.
  • Review the roles of government, business, society and the individual in generating solutions.
  • Equip health professionals with the knowledge and skills to develop a personalised, multi-disciplinary approach to obesity care and management.

Module Content

In this module we question the current approach to obesity treatment and whether current advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle is appropriate. We explore the reasons for the lack of success of these current strategies in the context of the highly complex and interconnected array of influences on eating and physical activity behaviours which underpin obesity.

We consider the need for aims and treatment to be personalised, addressing the underlying causes of the individual’s weight gain, their co-morbidities and the drivers of their behaviour. Government policies, public health measures, community based initiatives, and current NHS obesity care pathways and strategies, are reviewed and alternatives discussed.

Each module intake starts with a specifically designed Introduction to Academic Online Learning. Students are required to complete some simple assignments to ensure they are able not only to work in the online environment but also are aware of the requirements for academic study at this level.

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Methods of delivery include: audio and visual presentations involving interactive e-learning units and presentations, Discussion Forums, academic tutorials and group work. Students learn through engaging in critical reflective practice on cases and course material that is recorded in their Student Log; Discussion Forums; critiquing articles; quizzes to assess knowledge and understanding of key papers; casework; group work; and research-based assignments.


The assessment of this module includes formative and summative assessments that develop and assess: participation in Discussion Forums; self reflection and reflection on peer contributions; evaluation of the validity and reliability of information sources both for themselves and the public; research based, case led assignment; and application of behaviour change strategies.

Who Is This Course For?

CCH courses have been specifically developed for Health professionals who are interested in advancing their understanding of obesity and developing more practical methods for the management and treatment of obesity. The course is most suitable for GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, nutritionists, psychologists, and counsellors running weight-management clinics.

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for entry to this module applicants are normally required to have the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor degree in a relevant health or social care, or biomedical discipline or evidence of equivalent health and/or social care experience which equates to Level 6 abilities eg working as a senior nurse/midwife or healthcare practitioner in a leadership or management role which requires evidence of critical analysis and evaluation.
  • Students should be working in a relevant area and have a minimum of one year experience.
  • Proficiency in the English Language (equivalent of IELTS Level 7, min 6.5 in all components).
  • Students studying one of our postgraduate courses would normally have studied the Causes and Consequences and Behavioural Aspects modules prior to studying this module.
  • Students who hold an HE Diploma, or evidence of equivalent health and/or social care experience which equates to Level 6 can apply to enrol on Obesity: Causes and Consequences at Level 6. Following successful completion of this module they will be invited to study further modules at Level 7 as part of the PGCert/PGDip/MSc in Obesity Care and Management.

Tuition Fees

The tuition for each 20 credit postgraduate module is £1,185.

The module fee can be paid in instalments. Please contact the Admissions Team on +44 (0)20 3773 4895 for more details. If you are ready, click the Apply Now button below to apply for this module.


Graduates of CCH courses will enhance their knowledge and expertise in the area of obesity care and management. The course develops health professionals who are confident, highly skilled practitioners with a well-rounded understanding of the obesity problem and how to practically treat and manage it. The course gives health professionals the essential knowledge to make an impact in helping deal with the obesity epidemic.

Application Process
The entire application process is online. Here are the steps which need to be completed before you study:

1. Application Form

Fill out the application form. If you need any help, please call +44(0)20 3773 4895.


2. Review

We review your application within 10 working days. At this stage, we may ask for additional documents.


3. Fees

If your application is successful, you need to pay the tuition fee (see above).


4. Access

Get access to CCH, complete the 5 hour Introduction to Academic Online Learning course, and start your studies.


If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact us.

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Course Information
  • Course Id:SOL
  • Credit:20
  • Timings:Jan, Apr, Sep
Nigel Hinchliffe

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