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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

NUFF3160 Global Patterns of Non-Communicable Diseases

10 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Helen Elsey

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Two years of satisfactory completion of medical undergraduate course and selection for entry by Module Leader or representative.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, the student should be able to:
- discuss the past, present and predicted future international pattern of non-communicable diseases
- critically discuss and analyse the reasons put forward for the recent emergence of non-communicable diseases in low income countries and their underlying risk factors
- be able to propose measures to monitor, prevent and treat these disorders.

Skills outcomes
Applying solutions in middle- and low-income countries context.


The description of the 'epidemiological transition' including early recognition of differences in the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases in developed and developing countries and theories for the reasons for these changes.

The underlying risk factors for these disease (nutrition, physical activity and tobacco). Policy measures which can be taken to prevent these trends and to deal with the consequences.

Examples of conditions to be covered are: 'syndrome X', gastro-intestinal disorders (constipation, appendicitis, diverticular disease, irritable bowel syndrome), the major cancers (lung, breast, bowel), psychiatric and related disorders (depression, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse), physical trauma and disability (traffic accidents, results of war), dental health.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours73.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Preparation for presentations, private reading, report preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback given by the lecturers to students during interactive tutorials which progressively feeds into the final assessment process.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup presentation x 25 mins50.00
Report1,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Group presentation - lasts 25 minutes, with 20 minutes for questions and discussion, marked according to set criteria. Written report - based on a specific area of student presentations marked according to set criteria.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 16:33:09


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