Global Challenge - Non-Communicable Disease

Unit code: HMG7120 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
St Albans


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

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

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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