We are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new short course at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine covering the globally important topic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
Non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, are responsible for the greatest burden of death and disability globally. No longer viewed as diseases of affluence, NCDs are of critical importance to all countries and are firmly on the global political agenda. Successfully addressing the complex causes of these diseases and reducing the global burden will involve interdisciplinary approaches and a systems viewpoint. Researchers and policy makers from around the world working in this field thus require a critical understanding of the commonalities and differences in perspectives across sectors, which will enable them to work effectively within a ‘global’ ecological perspective on NCDs.
This new short course is being run by run by the School’s Centre for Global NCDs. The Centre fosters collaboration and communication between NCD researchers, across a range of settings and disciplines and is in a unique position to deliver this multi-disciplinary course. Sessions will be run by researchers who are leaders in their field, drawing on the wide range of expertise in NCD research exhibited here at the School. By focusing on common upstream determinants of those NCDs with the highest disease burden and impact, the course will address current paradigms and controversies in epidemiology, health systems and policy.
The primary aim is to train public health professionals, at all stages of their careers, in the interdisciplinary approaches to NCD prevention, treatment and care. Specifically the course aims to expose participants to key theoretical and empirical knowledge in NCD research from a range of disciplines, including epidemiology, public health, economics and health systems highlighting the commonalities and differences in approaches. By attending the course, participants will be equipped with the critical knowledge, language and skills to progress further in this complex field.
In 2014, the course will run from the 17th – 21st of February.