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Postgraduate Course: Noncommunicable Disease in a Global Context (GLHE11065)

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 None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 19/05/2025
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%
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, multi-level determinants of NCDs, and of the range of policy interventions available to tackle these
  2. Use appropriate tools to assess the applicability and feasibility of NCD policy options to their chosen context
  3. Work collaboratively with a group of peers in order to effectively communicate the complexity of NCD causes and prevention to an educated lay audience
  4. Reflect critically on their experience of working collaboratively with an autonomous group of peers and of communicating complex issues to an educated lay audience in order to develop a personal action plan
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course directly addresses the following graduate attributes:
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
Personal effectiveness
KeywordsGlobal Health,NCD,noncommunicable disease,public health,globalisation
Course organiserDr Ruth McQuillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9238
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Courage
Tel: (0131 6)51 7111
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