University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences : Global Health

Postgraduate Course: Globalisation and Non Communicable Diseases (GLHE11045)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAs a world, we are currently witnessing unprecedented levels of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease and these trends look set to continue. The overall aim of this course is to develop students' understanding that these diseases have both local and global determinants; that effective and cost-effective evidence-based strategies for the prevention and management of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) exist; that tackling NCDs requires multi-sectoral participation and action; and that strong health systems are key to improving health outcomes.
Course description This is a five week course which will critically examine: the changing global burden of NCDs and their risk factors; the complex and contradictory ways in which globalisation impacts on health in general and on NCDs in particular; current global initiatives to respond to the challenge of NCDs, societal approaches to the prevention of NCDs and health system responses to NCDs. Throughout the course, students will develop a blog, which will reflect on these topics in their personal, professional and national context.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students taking this course should have taken the course 'Introduction to Global Health' (GLHE11044) or have equivalent experience.
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 01/08/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %

The course will be assessed through a combination of formal written assessment and online assessment (e.g. reflective blogs, contribution to online discussions, online individual or group activities).
Feedback Students will be given formative feedback (peer and tutor) throughout the course on the discussion boards and on their individual blogs. Feedback on the written assignment will cover topic-specific but also generic skills, such as academic writing and critical thinking, which will be useful for future courses.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a critical understanding of: the complex and contradictory ways in which globalisation impacts on health; global and local drivers of NCDs; current global initiatives to address the burden of NCDs; the role of national governments and health systems in responding to this challenge.
  2. Be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to a critical analysis of NCDs in your own national context.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course directly addresses the following graduate attributes:
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
Personal effectiveness
Special Arrangements There are no special arrangements for this course.
Study Abroad Not applicable
KeywordsGlobal health,NCD,noncommunicable disease,public health,globalisation
Course organiserDr Ruth Mcquillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9238
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Gordon
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information
© Copyright 2016 The University of Edinburgh - 3 February 2017 4:14 am