Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: from research to policy

Overview - Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: from research to policy

Course dates: 22 - 26 August 2016

This short course is being run by the School's Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), 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.

The School’s Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases fosters collaboration between NCD researchers, across a range of settings and disciplines and is in a unique position to deliver this multi-disciplinary course. The course will address the current paradigms and controversies in epidemiology, health systems and policy research, equipping participants with the language and skills to progress further in their fields.

Who should attend?

Healthcare and public health professionals to policymakers from a range of sectors who are interested in studying and combating NCDs from an interdisciplinary perspective. The course will have a Global focus, with experts and examples from a range of settings outside of the UK. Participants should have a basic understanding of statistics and epidemiological study designs and a good command of English.

Course fee

The fee for 2016 is £1,260

This fee covers participation in the course, materials, refreshments, lunch on day one and one evening meal but does not cover travel costs, accommodation or other meals. Fees must be paid in full by the deadline stated on the invoice. Applicants must pay the full course fee, or provide a letter guaranteeing funding from their sponsor in order to secure their place on the course.

Course objectives
Course objectives - Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: from research to policy

Aims & Objectives

The primary aim is to train public health professionals 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.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the measures of NCD burden and their application from monitoring to policy evaluation;
  • Assess the value of different approaches to understand disease burden and risk factors for NCDs;
  • Evaluate health system requirements and capacity for combating global NCDs including the management of conditions;
  • Explain how health economics can be used to inform the policy process from modelling of risk factors to evaluating prevention strategies;
  • Analyse the policy process and the effectiveness of policy opportunities at different levels from system-wide changes to disease management;

Course Content

  • Scope, definition and burden of NCDs
  • Epidemiological approaches to research in NCDs
  • Health system capacity and the management of NCDs
  • Health economics applied to NCD research and policy
  • System-level changes and policy development
  • Hot topics and future directions

This course is run in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

Teaching Methods

The course will draw on the range of expertise available from the members of the Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases. Sessions will be run by researchers who specialise in NCDs and lectures will be given by experts in the field. The course will focus on NCDs as an international public health priority, as relevant to low- and middle-income countries as they are in high-income settings.

Sessions will run from 09.15-17.00 each day. The course will involve lectures and participatory practical sessions. A course manual will be given to participants at the beginning of the week. Methods of Assessment There will be no formal examination or assessment, but a certificate of attendance will be issued.

How to apply
How to apply - Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: from research to policy

Applying for the course

Applications for this course running in August 2016 are now closed.


The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team, in the Registry, can provide supporting documentation if requested.

Accommodation and meals

A list of hotels and other accommodation located in the vicinity of the School can be supplied on request to the Registry. Lunch can be purchased from the School's Refectory in the Keppel Street building or the cafe on the Tavistock Place building. Evening meals are not catered for at the School, but there is a large choice of restaurants, cafes and shops nearby.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to improving global health through its programme of short and full-time postgraduate study.

Please note:

  • If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport) and without having obtained the correct visa.
  • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
  • The School may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
  • The School cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.