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Noncommunicable Diseases Epidemiology

Program Overview

As the leading causes of mortality in the world, non-communicable diseases account for about two thirds of all deaths. Most premature deaths from non-communicable diseases are largely preventable by enabling health systems to respond more effectively and equitably to the health care needs of people with non-communicable diseases, and influencing public policies in sectors outside health that tackle four shared modifiable behavioral risk factors — tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and the harmful use of alcohol. Despite the enormous global impact, governments, non-governmental organizations, and other key stakeholders have not developed sufficient programs for the prevention, surveillance, control and treatment of these diseases. Improved understanding of the burden and the risk factors of non-communicable diseases help to prevent them and prevent the associated morbidity and disability. Research is expanding on the management, control, and prevention of non-communicable diseases and the evidence-based interventions targeting such problems are available. Therefore, there is a need to build the capacity of health workers about these conditions so that they can plan and implement interventions that help to reduce the burden associated with chronic diseases. A focused training on non-communicable diseases that accommodates the specific needs of countries in EMR is expected to have a considerable impact on reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases and the development and implementation of action plans to control and prevent non-communicable diseases and their risk factors.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe non-communicable diseases, their significance, and the effect of globalization on their proliferation
  2. Explain the importance of determinants of non-communicable diseases and their implications for prevention
  3. Critically evaluate the measures of NCDs burden and their application from monitoring to policy evaluation
  4. Evaluate health system requirements and capacity for combating non-communicable diseases
  5. Translate NCD research into public health policy and programs of care
  6. Develop and implement multisectoral plans for the prevention and control of NCDs

Training Courses

Participants in this program complete the following five courses:

  1. Introduction to Public Health
  2. Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
  3. Non-Communicable Disease Surveillance
  4. Health Promotion for Non-Communicable Diseases
  5. Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases

Field Work

Participants spend seven weeks in the field in order to be exposed to real-life situations and to practice the skills they gain with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. The following field projects are expected to be conducted during the field work period:

Option 1: Develop a research proposal related to the prevention of any of non-communicable diseases or any of their risk factors.

Option 2: Analyze available secondary data on non-communicable diseases and their determinants and recommend relevant interventions.

Option 3: Assess the national capacity for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases using the WHO survey tools.

Option 4: Develop a national action plan for accomplishing the WHO objectives from the 2013-2020 Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

Option 5: Develop a health promotion

Option 6: Evaluate any of the non-communicable diseases surveillance system in your country using the CDC’s updated guidelines.

Targeted Group

The target audience for this program includes health workers, project managers, researchers, policy makers at all levels, and other relevant persons interested in non-communicable diseases.

Training Delivery method

  1. In-class method
  2. Blended learning method
  • Number of Coursers: 5
  • Duration: 3 Months

Accredited By


Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.

Courses in this Program


Introduction to Public Health

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Introduction to Epidemiology of Noncommunicable Diseases

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Noncommunicable Disease Surveillance

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Health Promotion for Noncommunicable Diseases

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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