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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 and that tackling NCDs requires multi-level and multi-sectoral participation and action.
Course description This is a five week course which will critically examine the changing global burden of NCDs and their risk factors, the complex ways in which globalisation impacts on NCDs, and current global and national policy responses.
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 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
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 ways in which globalisation impacts on NCDs; global and local determinants of NCDs; and current global and national policy responses.
  2. Be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to a critical analysis of NCDs and their determinants in a specific 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 secretaryMrs Rosemary Porteous
Tel: (0131 6)50 9835
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