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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

NUFF5001M Non-Communicable Diseases

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Maryam Ba-Break

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module aims to build skills in non communicable/chronic disease control (using particular disease examples).

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe the demographic and epidemiological transition;
- analyse evidence for intervention effectiveness;
- apply knowledge of health needs assessment, programme plans/proposals and implementation to control an NCD;
- evaluate community-preventive interventions for CVD, diabetes and over nutrition;
- critically assess the implementation issues for chronic disease care within the district health referral system;
- critically assess programme designs (models) relevant to NCD (and other chronic diseases), which include integration across community, primary and secondary care;
- critically assess the interventions to improve adherence, such as; including patient-centred care, expert patients, nurse led care etc.

Skills outcomes
Burden of disease, policy ,strategy, implementation of non-communicable disease.

In assignment, as above for a specific disease - applied to home country/work context.


This module will include the following components:

- A description of the 'epidemiological transition', the changing epidemiology of non-communicable diseases in developing countries
- The underlying risk factors for these diseases (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: the CVDs, diabetes, over-nutrition, psychiatric and related disorders (depression, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse), physical trauma and disability (traffic accidents, results of war)
- Programme design ('models') relevant to NCD, with examples of integrated care for chronic conditions; including community/family, primary and secondary care
- Innovative care; including patient-centred care, expert patients, nurse led care etc.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study will include:
- set pre and post class session reading, such as WHO documents and published papers;
- preparation and writing notes on questions/issues related to topic of the set reading and to the forthcoming class group work/exercises;
- other reading relating to references given in general reading list/books, and in handouts given out during the class sessions.
- reading and preparation of the assignment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress monitoring during class sessions will be by observation of:
- reading and observing their presentation of the key issues they have been asked to consider during private study of the set reading; and
- their understanding displayed during participation in class and group work discussion and exercises.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup work presentation50.00
Assignment1,000 - 1,500 word written assignment50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

For guidance on assessment of the groupwork, please see the study handbook.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/03/2018


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