Global Chronic Conditions: epidemiology, health systems and policy

Online short course

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

Course dates: 10 May - 14 June 2022 (online, part-time)

Chronic conditions are responsible for the greatest burden of death and disability worldwide, and the relative burden of them is growing. Chronic conditions 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 chronic conditions.

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 chronic conditions 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. 

Who should attend?

Anyone working on chronic conditions 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.

Teaching methods

This is a part-time online course run over 6 weeks, which will require one and a half day’s commitment per week. This includes one half contact day per week, plus a day’s worth of self-directed learning, spread over the week at the student’s convenience. Teaching methods will include pre-recorded lectures as well as readings and pre-seminar tasks, and on the contact day, live panel discussions followed by networking and facilitated small group seminar sessions. 

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 chronic conditions and lectures will be given by experts in the field. The course will focus on chronic conditions as an international public health priority, as relevant to low- and middle-income countries as they are in high-income settings.


We have applied to the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK for 30 Category 1 (external) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. Details will be confirmed in due course. 

Course fees

  • £1,200 full fee
  • £600 for a number of students from LMICs (eligible countries) who have been accepted on the course. Details of how to apply to follow.
  • Full fee waivers are also available for up to 10 students from LMICs. Details of how to apply can be found in the 'Funding' tab. 
Course objectives
Course objectives - Global Chronic Conditions

Aims & Objectives

The primary aim is to train public health professionals in the interdisciplinary approaches to the prevention, treatment and care of chronic conditions. Specifically, the course aims to expose participants to key theoretical and empirical knowledge in chronic condition 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 chronic condition burden and their application from monitoring to policy evaluation
  • Assess the value of different approaches to understand disease burden and risk factors for chronic conditions
  • Evaluate health system requirements and capacity for combating global chronic conditions 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

Methods of Assessment

There will be no formal examination or assessment. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued.

Funding - Global Chronic Conditions short course

Tuition Fee Waiver 

A number of full fee waivers are available as well as some places at 50% fee.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must hold an offer of admission for the course. The fee waiver will be awarded to applicants who are nationals of, and working in, an ODA eligible country.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a statement of no more than 350 words to clearly stating their motivation for applying for this award and the difference it would make to their future career and the setting in which they work.  They should also include a letter of recommendation.

Please state ‘Global Chronic Conditions – Fee Waiver’ in the subject line.

Applicants will need to show that they are self-funded and from a low or middle-income country.

Application deadline

Applicants wishing to apply for a fee waiver must submit their application for the course by 11 March as an offer of admission is required. The deadline to apply for a fee waiver is 25 March.

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

Applying for the course

Applications for 2022 are now closed. Register your interest to be notified when applications reopen.

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