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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

NUFF5001M Non-Communicable Diseases

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Maryam Ba-Break

Taught: 1 Feb to 31 Mar View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The NCD module is a 15-credit module which will introduce the concept of epidemiological transition; the changing epidemiology of non-communicable diseases in developing countries; the underlying risk facts for these diseases (eg, nutrition, physical activity and tobacco); policy measures which can be taken to prevent these trends and to deal with the consequences; programme design (models) relevant to NCD, with examples of integrated care for chronic conditions including community/family, primary and secondary care. Examples of NCD 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).


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

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Describe the demographic and epidemiological transition;
2. Analyse evidence for intervention effectiveness;
3. Apply knowledge of health needs assessment, programme plans/proposals and implementation to control a NCD;
4. Evaluate community-preventive interventions for CVD, diabetes and over nutrition;
5. Critically assess the implementation issues for chronic disease are within the district health referral system/
6. Critically assess programme designs (models) relevant to NCD (and other chronic diseases) which include integration across community, primary and secondary care;
7. Critically assess the interventions to improve adherence, including patient-centred care, expert patients, nurse-led care, etc.

Skills outcomes
- Discussion of the past, present and predicted future international pattern of non-communicable diseases
- Critical analysis of factors that influence the recent emergence of non-communicable diseases in low income countries and their underlying risk factors
- Proposing measures to monitor, prevent and treat non-communicable diseases in low income countries


It is not possible to cover all non-communicable diseases in detail. This module provides a general approach to understand and prepare for the global rise of non-communicable diseases using some key examples.
- Introduction to NCs in low and middle income countries
- Tobacco control
- Obesity control
- Road traffic accidents
- Cancer
- Cardio-vascular disease/diabetes control
- Mental health
- Socio-cultural context and meaning
- Link with other NCDs and communicable diseases

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)147.00

Private study

Students will be provided with documents to read before and after sessions. Also there will be room for discussion on the VLE to support students' learning and answer their questions on the topics and the assignment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Each student receives summative feedback on the essay and formative feedback on their group and individual work in each session as the sessions are interactive in nature and lecturer sets either group or individual work to be done in advance, during or after the sessions. Formative feedback is provided verbally either individually or in groups based on the task and need. The module leader provides formative feedback to students on the discussion board where students are encouraged to identify their topics and discuss them on the VLE. They are also encouraged to ask questions there which are answered by the module leader.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3,000-word written assignment100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:15:43


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