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Noncommunicable Diseases


The objective of this course is to provide scholars with the knowledge of main epidemiological characteristics of cardiovascular, endocrine, mental, neurological, and respiratory (COPD) diseases, cancers, and injuries and their burden on the population. Modifiable risk factors such as lifestyle (i.e. smoking, alcohol consumption, unhealthy nutrition, and physical inactivity), environmental, and socio-economic factors will be discussed. Attention will also be paid to methodological issues of epidemiological and genetic research studying the impact of these factors on health and disease and the prevention and control of major diseases. Emphasis will be put on risk factors for non-infectious diseases and possibilities of their prevention and/or mitigation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Estimate the burden of the most important health disorders in terms of Years of Life Lost (YLL) and Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) and or analogous concepts (QALY, PYLL)
  2. Recognize the most frequent risk factors for non-communicable disease
  3. Discuss the importance and basic epidemiological characteristics of chronic non-communicable diseases
  4. Discuss the epidemiological characteristics of injury
  5. Understand the importance of primary prevention and screening in the prevention of certain health disorders
  6. Apply principles of prevention of the most common health disorders in their environment (family, workplace, community)

Course Outline

  1. The main non-communicable diseases as an issue of public health
  2. Myocardial infarction
  3. Cerebral stroke
  4. Diabetes mellitus
  5. Malignancies
  6. Burden on the population
  7. The main life-style risks: smoking (i.e. cigarettes, shisha), alcoholism, physical inactivity, and unhealthy nutrition other risk factors’ epidemiology
  8. Hypertension
  9. Hypercholesterolemia
  10. Obesity
  11. Public health measures of control
  12. Health policy and health protection of the population
  13. Effective advocacy for a healthy living

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.