Utrecht, Netherlands

Challenges in Global Health: Non-Communicable Diseases

when 5 July 2021 - 9 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 750

This one-week course aims to enhance the participant's knowledge and understanding of major global health challenges with a focus on chronic non-communicable diseases. The topics discussed in this course range from burden of and risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases, epidemiologic transition and globalisation, to the effects of early life environment, environmental changes on health, the intersection of communicable and non-communicable diseases and effective approaches for disease prevention and management.

Which global health challenges do low-, middle- and high-income countries face? What is the importance of chronic non-communicable diseases globally, and what are the underlying causes and risk factors for illness? What is the intersection between communicable and non-communicable diseases? How are non-communicable diseases prevented and managed in different health systems? Which policy initiatives for effective prevention and control of disease are being implemented? What are the consequences of global health threats or challenges such as globalisation, migration or environmental change?

These are some of the topics that our international and interdisciplinary faculty will address in this one-week interactive global health summer school course with a particular focus on chronic non-communicable diseases.

This course is organised by the UMC Utrecht (www.globalhealth.eu).

If the circumstances make it impossible to host the course in a physical setting it will be held in an online format instead.

Course leader

Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch

Target group

Postgraduate students and professionals in medicine, public health, social sciences or related disciplines with knowledge in epidemiology and public health and interest in global health.

Course aim

This course aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of current challenges in global health with a particular focus on chronic non-communicable diseases. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

Describe the burden of chronic non-communicable disease;
Describe the epidemiological transition and factors implicated in the epidemiological transition;
Describe the epidemiology of common chronic diseases, methodological challenges in conducting chronic disease research and factors influencing the interpretation of epidemiologic research for specific chronic diseases;
Describe the role of early life experiences in the variation in disease occurrence;
Describe the intersection between communicable and non-communicable diseases;
Describe the effect of migration, the environment and environmental changes on health;
Explain the practice of chronic disease surveillance and control;
Explain approaches to chronic disease prevention.

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials

For students the course fee is € 500
EUR 200: Housing fee (optional)

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