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

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

Course dates: 9 - 13 April 2018

This short course is being run by the School's Centre for Global Chronic Conditions.

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

This multi-disciplinary 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 with NCDs

The course is organized by the School’s Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, which includes researchers across a range of settings and disciplines.

The faculty includes internationally renowned experts in the field of NCDs including leading academics from LSHTM, Oxford, and Imperial, and representatives from the World Health Organization, NCD Alliance, and from non-governmental organizations.

Who should attend?

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

Course fee

The fee for 2018 is £1,292.00

This fee covers participation in the course, materials, lunch on day one and one mid-week drink 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. Epidemiology of NCDs
Day 3. Management of NCDs
Day 4. Health economics
Day 5. Policy and current political context


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

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018.

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. Lunch and a drink and snack for both coffee breaks will be provided. 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/UK photo driving license) 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.