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Introduction to Epidemiology of Noncommunicable Diseases


This course will provide an overview of the epidemiology, risk factors, etiology and public health importance of major non-communicable diseases including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, mental disorders, and injury. The course addresses measurement issues in chronic disease epidemiology with respect to both exposure assessment and measurement of outcome along with practical considerations involved in conducting chronic disease epidemiology research. The course will cover social determinants and physiological risk factors of the most common non-communicable diseases. It will present methods for measuring the burden of non-communicable disease, review approaches to program and service development to modify risk factors and discuss implications for health services and policy development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define the scope of non-communicable diseases epidemiology and appreciate the changing importance of non-communicable diseases as a major public health burden in different parts of the world
  2. Describe the epidemiology, trends, and burden of major non-communicable diseases
  3. Calculate prevalence, incidence, and mortality and apply definitions of DALY and QALY to describe the burden of main non-communicable diseases
  4. Measure and analyze main determinants of non-communicable diseases and understand the impact of social determinants and behavioral factors on non-communicable diseases

Course Outline

  1. Principles of non-communicable diseases epidemiology
  2. Characteristics of non-communicable diseases
  3. The epidemiological transition and explanations for observed trends in disease burden
  4. Risk Factors for key non-communicable diseases
  5. The impact of non-communicable diseases on global burden of diseases
  6. Measures of burden for non-communicable diseases

Training delivery methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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