School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Global approaches to Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Cancer Prevention (PHCM9786)

image - Global Non-Communicable Disease: population approaches

Description
This course addresses population approaches to the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, selected cancers (cervical, breast, lung, colorectal and prostate), and their risk factors (primarily diet, physical activity, tobacco, alcohol) in low-, middle- and high-income countries. These diseases are responsible for considerable morbidity and premature adult mortality globally. The course will critically evaluate the evidential basis for the causes of these diseases from epidemiological and bio-medical studies, followed by detailed analysis of contemporary population health risk factors and the challenges they pose for population approaches to prevention and management. The (cost)-effectiveness, and the strengths, weaknesses and challenges of different population approaches, including their record of success and failure, will be critically evaluated. The course will be presented by a wide range of public health experts with direct practical experience in Australia and around the world in developed and developing countries.
Credit points

This course is an elective available to participants in all stages of the Public Health, International Public Health, and Health Management programs, comprising 6 units of credit. It can be taken by people doing other courses at UNSW or studying at other institutions by arrangement.  There are no prerequisites for taking this course.

Mode of study

External (Distance) and Internal (Face-to-Face) classes on campus.

Course aim

This course aims to equip students with an insight into the realities and challenges of population-based and high-risk approaches to the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and selected cancers, as well as the wide range of strategies to manage such challenges. The course aims to provide students with the ability to critically evaluate evidence for causation and (cost)-effectiveness of prevention and management interventions in populations at community, national and global levels using real case scenarios and examples.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Identify the evolving epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, selected cancers and their risk factors in developed and developing countries.
  • Analyse the evidence for causation of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and selected cancers; and understand the interaction between associated risk factors.
  • Analyse the evidence for population approaches and approaches in high-risk groups in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and selected cancers.
  • Critically evaluate the key strengths and challenges in population approaches to the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and selected cancers in low-, middle- and high-income countries, and in a variety of settings (community, school, workplace etc.).
Learning and teaching rationale
This course is based on a model of adult learning where all participants are responsible for actively contributing to the course and drawing on and sharing their depth of knowledge on their own health contexts. It is envisaged that there will be international students within the course who will, no doubt, know more about the domestic situation in their home country than the presenters, so the presenter’s role will be to provide the tools, insights and concepts that students can apply to their own situation. Furthermore, there may be domestic and international students who have direct experience in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and selected cancers in the developed or developing country setting, and this background will be utilised during the course.
 
Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - Online quiz
Length: 20 questions
Weighting: 10%

Assessment Task 2 - Minor Essay
Length: 1500 words
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Task 3 - Major Essay
Length: 2000 words
Weighting: 50%

Readings and resources

Learning resources for this course consist of the following:

  1. There are no required textbooks for this course.
  2. A reading list will be posted on Moodle with links for you to assess the recommended readings, which are predominantly peer-reviewed journal articles.
  3. Lectures slides will be posted on Moodle after each lecture.