Global Disability and Health, Short Course

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It is estimated that 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, of these 2-4% experience significant functional challenges. In the recently published world disability report, it has been highlighted that ageing populations and increased spread of chronic diseases contribute to rising prevalence of disability globally. This leads to an increased urgency to address fundamental issues on barriers to access and provision of health services for the disabled individuals as well as addressing the attitudes on inclusive participation in all areas of society.

The International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was launched in 2010. The aim of ICED is to improve the evidence base on disability through research and training, focused in low and middle income countries. This School wide Centre draws together a diverse range of researchers from within the School. It places a strong emphasis on translating research outcomes into practice and is closely linked to international agencies to help achieve this goal.

The focus of the research includes the following areas:

  • surveys to estimate the magnitude and causes of impairments leading to disability
  • synthesis of data to estimate the global magnitude of disability
  • assessing the impact of disability on inclusion and participation in society
  • optimizing health and rehabilitation service delivery to persons with disability
  • assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to prevent or alleviate disability

Aim and Objectives of the Course

The aim is to equip students with an understanding of the significance of disability in the global context, with a particular focus on aspects relevant to health in low and middle-income countries.

The following information will be covered through a combination of lectures and practicals.

  • Basic concepts: What is disability? What are the major types of impairment leading to disability, and what is their global distribution?
  • How can epidemiological methods contribute towards filling the knowledge gaps in global disability? What are the issues to be considered when researching disability?
  • Impact: What is the main impact of disability in people’s lives, including in terms of access to education, employment, poverty and social inclusion?
  • Rehabilitation: What are the main concepts of habilitation, rehabilitation and community based rehabilitation for people with disability? How should these services be integrated within health systems?
  • Disability, policy and inclusive development. Why is disability policy important, and why must disability be considered for economic development?


There is no formal assessment but at the conclusion of the course a certificate of attendance will be provided. The course has applied for points on Continuing professional development (CPD) and Continuing medical education (CME) approval with the Royal College of Surgeons.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Entry Level

Programme Structure

  • Describe the broad conceptualization of disability
  •  Appraise the epidemiological significance of disability from a global perspective
  •  Examine and discuss the epidemiology of the main types of impairment leading to disability
  •  Assess the application of epidemiological research methods to the study of global disability
  •  Relate the principles of rehabilitation and community based rehabilitation to health systems
  •  Identify the importance of disability policy in a global context
  •  Recognise the relevance of disability to economic development

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

This course is intended for those interested in the relevance of disability to epidemiology, global public health and health policy. It is equally suitable for clinicians with or without a background in disability and allied health professions, NGO staff involved in a wide spectrum of activities involving disabilities.

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 1015 International
  • GBP 1015 EU/EEA

*Payable by: 2 June


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