Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: From Research to Policy, Short Course

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    Application Deadline
  • 5 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Module)
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)


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 & Objectives of the Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: From Research to Policy course at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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;
Dates for the next intake: 22 - 26 August 2016

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Course Content

  • Scope, definition and burden of NCDs
  • Common upstream determinants and system approaches
  • Downstream risk factors and epidemiological approaches
  • Opportunities for prevention and treatment
  • Health systems and capacity for NCDs
  • Hot topics and future directions

Teaching Methods

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.

Methods of Assessment

There will be no formal examination or assessment, but a certificate of attendance will be issued.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Healthcare and public health professionals to policymakers from a range of sectors who are interested in studying and combating NCDs from an interdisciplinary perspective. The course will have a Global focus, with experts and examples from a range of settings outside of the UK. Participants should have a basic understanding of statistics and epidemiological study designs and a good command of English.

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 1260 International
  • GBP 1260 EU/EEA

The fee for the course is £1,260. This fee covers participation in the course, materials, refreshments, lunch on day one and one evening meal but does not cover travel costs, accommodation or other meals. Fees must be paid in full by the deadline stated on the invoice. Applicants must pay the full course fee, or provide a letter guaranteeing funding from their sponsor in order to secure their place on the course


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