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Module Code: DPH303
Module Title: Life Sciences for Public Health IV: Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases in Public Health
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Health and Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: DPH006 OR DPH102
This module aims to introduce students to the study of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The emphasis will be on those diseases which are most prevalent and result in the most significant global burden. Students will be provided with an overview of the public health approach to prevention, management and control of these conditions.
Learning outcomes 
A Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts fundamental to the epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

B Use principles of outbreak investigation for communicable diseases and screening procedures for NCDs.

C Critically judge the inter-connectedness of socio-economic inequalities with disease.

D Design recommendations to improve existing global initiatives and policies for the prevention and management of CDs and NCDs.
Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and Seminars.
Part I Disease and the Health of Populations

Week 1 Introduction to Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

Introduction to the course, and review of epidemiologic approaches to communicable and
non-communicable diseases.

Week 2 Measuring Disease Burden, Global Strategies for Prevention and Control

Defining the global burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Part II Communicable Diseases

Week 3 Transmission, Population Dynamics and Infection Control

Review of basic concepts of communicable disease, including transmission methods, vectors
and herd immunity. The success of the smallpox eradication campaign will be examined.

Week 4 Outbreak Investigation

Analysis of the common approaches to the investigation of outbreaks.

Week 5 Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses I

Overview of common vaccine-preventable illnesses: measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria,
pertussis and tetanus.

Week 6 Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses II

Review of common vaccine-preventable illnesses: polio, varicella and hepatitis.

Week 7 Sexually Transmitted Infections

Overview of STIs including: syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Week 8 Infectious Agents and Non-Communicable Diseases

Examination of the relationship between CDs and NCDs with a focus on Human Papilloma Virus.

Part III Non-communicable Diseases

Week 9 Defining NCDs

Analysis of what constitutes NCDs and linked causality with NCD syndromes.

Week 10 Cardiovascular Conditions

Review of the most prevalent CVDs.

Week 11 Diabetes

Introduction to the growing global prevalence of diabetes and its relationship to other NCDs.

Week 12 Cancer

Overview of the most prevalent cancers and their epidemiology.

Week 13 Injuries

Critical assessment of an increase in injuries and the link to economic development.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    26      98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Quizzes (2X) 20.00
2 Assignments (Four Papers Assessing Each Of The Learning Objectives Of 1,000+ Words Each) 40.00
3 Final Report (5000+ Word Revision Of Assignments) (10,000 Words) Research Thesis (10,000 Words) Research Thesis 40.00

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