This course provides a systems-informed and high-level public health approach to examining the global issue of chronic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease) and their prevention. The course examines why chronic disease is a global problem, and describes WHO frameworks for chronic disease prevention. It also reviews the epidemiology of specific chronic diseases including trends in and surveillance of these conditions, and their antecedent risk factors and conditions, and discusses the global (and country level) burden of disease. The unit will include some discussion of clinical prevention, in particular, the role of primary care, other clinicians and allied health professionals in providing lifestyle advice for people with chronic disease (tertiary prevention) and for people without chronic disease (primary prevention). Students will be involved in evaluating the effectiveness of different prevention strategies and will examine the role of health policy and strategic planning in developing effective and sustainable chronic disease management programs and health services in different settings (in Australia and the region). This unit is complementary to PUBH5555 Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Prevention, which focuses on addressing each of the major individual behavioural risk factors.
20 hrs online lectures, plus 6-7 weeks of online discussions
1000 word assignment (20%), 2000 word assignment (40%), on-line discussions (40%)
Readings for this unit will be available on the eLearning site
PUBH5020 is an advanced MPH elective in the area of chronic disease prevention. Some epidemiological concepts, such as population attributable risk and introductory concepts in health promotion are expected knowledge for understanding this unit. For example, attributable risk is necessary to understand the Burden of Disease concept in NCD prevention, and is part of Module 2 of this unit. In addition, this MPH elective predominantly takes a population and global perspective on NCD prevention with a lesser emphasis on clinical or health services prevention perspectives.
PUBH5033, PUBH5010 or CEPI5100 or equivalent