Postgraduate Course: Globalisation and Non Communicable Diseases (GLHE11045)
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||As 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.
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)
||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)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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).
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- Be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to a critical analysis of NCDs in your own national context.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course directly addresses the following graduate attributes:
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
||There are no special arrangements for this course.
|Keywords||Global health,NCD,noncommunicable disease,public health,globalisation
|Course organiser||Dr Ruth Mcquillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9238
|Course secretary||Miss Sarah Gordon
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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