Global Non-Communicable Diseases: epidemiology, health systems and policy

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

Course postponed

The course has been postponed in view of the fast-changing and unpredictable nature of the coronavirus outbreak. Please register your interest and our study team will contact you once dates for the next intake have been confirmed.

Course dates: 30 March - 3 April 2020

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for the greatest burden of death and disability worldwide, and the relative burden of them is growing. NCDs are of critical importance to all countries and are firmly on the global public health and development agenda.

This multidisciplinary course will equip participants with the latest knowledge on the current paradigms, controversies and state of the art methods in epidemiology, health systems, health economics and policy issues related to NCDs.

During the course, students will have the opportunity to work in groups towards a presentation which summarises these learning areas in their choice of setting and disease area. They will present at the end of the week to an audience of course faculty and LSHTM staff.

The Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, which organises the course, includes researchers across a range of settings and disciplines.

The faculty includes internationally renowned experts in the field of NCDs including leading academics (such as Professors Dave Leon, Martin McKee, Kara Hanson, Neil Pearce, Ellen Nolte among others), representatives from the World Health Organization, and from non-governmental organisations. 


This course has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK for 30 Category 1 (external) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

Who should attend?

Anyone working on NCDs will gain an interdisciplinary perspective on this course: from healthcare and public health professionals to policymakers from a range of sectors. The course will have a global focus, with experts and examples from a range of settings. Participants should have a good command of English and some relevant work or study experience.

Course fee

The fee for 2020 is £1,350.00

This fee covers participation in the course, materials, tea/coffee each day, lunch on day one and one mid-week drinks buffet. The fee does not cover travel costs, accommodation or other meals. Fees must be paid in full by the deadline stated on the invoice to secure a 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

Day 1. Setting the Scene
Day 2. Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
Day 3. Health Systems
Day 4. Health Economics
Day 5. Policy and Advocacy as these relate to NCDs

Teaching Methods

The course will draw on the range of expertise available from the members of the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions. 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.

During the course, students will work in groups towards a presentation. Students will choose a setting and a disease/condition which they will summarise in their presentation with reference to each of the themes covered in the course. They will present their summaries in the form of a short powerpoint presentation at the end of the week to an audience of course faculty and LSHTM staff.

Sessions will run from 09.15-17.00 each day. The course will involve lectures and participatory practical sessions. Course material will be provided to participants at the beginning of the week.

Methods of Assessment

There will be no formal examination or assessment, but feedback will be given on the group presentations. A certificate of attendance will be issued.

How to apply
How to apply - Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases

Applying for the course

Please complete the register your interest form.

Please read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.

Short courses - visas, accommodation, disclaimer


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 can provide supporting documentation if requested.

Accommodation and meals

A list of hotels located in the vicinity of LSHTM, along with further resources for short term accommodation, can be found on our accommodation pages. Tea and coffee will be provided during breaks. Lunch vouchers for the LSHTM canteen will also be available.

Evening meals are not catered for at LSHTM, however there is a large choice of restaurants, cafés and shops nearby.

Important information

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 if required.
  • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
  • LSHTM may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
  • LSHTM cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.