Non-communicable diseases are emerging as a major challenge to global health and development. In this unit students will investigate and critique responses to the non-communicable disease epidemic through public health interventions. Trends in non-communicable diseases and their impact globally, including in low and middle-income countries will be analysed. The determinants of non-communicable diseases and the challenges faced in researching and controlling these conditions will be viewed through the lens of nutrition and active living. . The consequences of non-communicable diseases on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and their effect on national economic growth and development is examined.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HMG7120

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the epidemiology and burden of non-communicable diseases in the global context and predict their impact on the health and well-being of various populations;  
  2. Conceptually map and commentate on the evolution of the global non-communicable disease epidemic considering political, social and economic influences;  
  3. Investigate the causal pathways to non-communicable diseases, particularly relating to nutrition and physical activity; and  
  4. Survey and evaluate public health strategies to control non-communicable diseases and interrogate the evidence-base required to implement policy.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Annotated Bibliography Evolution of global non-communicable disease epidemic (1,000 words) 20%
Essay Evolution of global non-communicable disease epidemic (2,500 words) 40%
Assignment Report on public health policy to control non-communicable disease (2,500 words) 40%

Required reading

Sick Societies: Responding to the Global Challenge of Chronic Disease 1st ed.
Stuckler, D. & Siegel, K., (2011)
Oxford, Oxford University Press

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