Short Course 2017
Dates to be announced shortly
Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: from research to policy
Short course: 22 – 26 August 2016
This short course is being run by the School’s Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, are responsible for the greatest burden of death and disability globally. No longer viewed as diseases of affluence, NCDs are of critical importance to all countries and are firmly on the global political agenda. Successfully addressing the complex causes of these diseases and reducing the global burden will involve interdisciplinary approaches and a systems viewpoint. Researchers and policy makers from around the world working in this field thus require a critical understanding of the commonalities and differences in perspectives across sectors, which will enable them to work effectively within a ‘global’ ecological perspective on NCDs.
The School’s Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases fosters collaboration between NCD researchers, across a range of settings and disciplines and is in a unique position to deliver this multi-disciplinary course. The course will address the current paradigms and controversies in epidemiology, health systems and policy research, equipping participants with the language and skills to progress further in their fields.
Aims and Objectives
The primary aim is to train public health professionals in the interdisciplinary approaches to NCD prevention, treatment and care. Specifically, the course aims to expose participants to key theoretical and empirical knowledge in NCD research from a range of disciplines, including epidemiology, public health, economics and health systems highlighting the commonalities and differences in approaches.
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
- Critically evaluate the measures of NCD burden and their application from monitoring to policy evaluation;
- Assess the value of different approaches to understand disease burden and risk factors for NCDs;
- Evaluate health system requirements and capacity for combating global NCDs including the management of conditions;
- Explain how health economics can be used to inform the policy process from modelling of risk factors to evaluating prevention strategies;
- Analyse the policy process and the effectiveness of policy opportunities at different levels from system-wide changes to disease management;
- Scope, definition and burden of NCDs
- Epidemiological approaches to research in NCDs
- Health system capacity and the management of NCDs
- Health economics applied to NCD research and policy
- System-level changes and policy development
- Hot topics and future directions
The course will draw on the range of expertise available from the members of the Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases. Sessions will be run by researchers who specialise in NCDs and lectures will be given by experts in the field. The course will focus on NCDs as an international public health priority, as relevant to low- and middle-income countries as they are in high-income settings.
Sessions will run from 09.15-17.00 each day. The course will involve lectures and participatory practical sessions. A course manual will be given to participants at the beginning of the week.
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