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Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Disease

Course Details

Course/Module Code





23-24 Accredited 15 credits



23-24 Non-Accredited 15 credits



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Course Dates

Course Information : CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 08/04/24 unless already sold out. If the closing date has passed please contact us for availability. PLEASE NOTE: once your application status is showing as registered, it will take up to 5 working days for your login details for MyUWE to be issued by email. Please only contact us if you have not received after this time. This course is taught all face to face at Frenchay Campus. Assessment: Exam: Coursework submission: Will be delivered on Campus (Frenchay) NOTE: For parking on Frenchay Campus, you will need to download a Parking Permit from the University - you will be able to do this once you have been registered on the University Student Information system.



Attendance days for the course

Tuesday - 23 April 2024FRENCHAY CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 30 April 2024FRENCHAY CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 07 May 2024FRENCHAY CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 14 May 2024FRENCHAY CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00




A 1 hour 15-minute in-class test and a 1,000-word written piece of coursework assignment, to assess your knowledge and understanding relating to the epidemiology of noncommunicable disease, including determinants, response and measurement.



Careers/further study

This module contributes towards the MSc in Public Health.


The module syllabus typically includes:

  • Key measures and sources of population health and disease burden, including strengths, weaknesses and other issues.
  • The epidemiological transition and explanations for observed trends in disease burden.
  • Epidemiology, risk factors and prevention and control measures for key non-communicable diseases, including but not limited to, circulatory disease, cancer, injury, violence, domestic violence, bullying and mental health.
  • Epidemiology of underlying risk factors for non-communicable disease, including physical and social environment, physical activity and sedentary
  • Lifestyle, nutrition, smoking, and alcohol.
  • Life course approaches to health.
  • Inequalities in health.
  • The role and impact of transnational corporations and other actors on non-communicable disease burden.
  • Principles of screening and current national programmes.
  • Critical understanding of the impact of the wider determinants of health on the distribution and course of communicable diseases.

Course Director

Dr Zheng Ma


In this 15 credit Epidemiology on Non-Communicable Disease module, you will explore a range of issues relating to the epidemiology of non-communicable disease, with a particular focus on the wider determinants of health (including major risk factors) and areas for public health action.

This module takes a largely global perspective and highlights cross-cutting public health issues such as use of health data to inform action, health inequalities, ethics, the role of industry, partnership working, and a recognition of the challenges of improving complex public health problems.

On successful completion of this level 7 (Masters level) module, you will be able to:

  • understand the global burden of non-communicable disease epidemiology and its implications for public health
  • develop critical insight into the social determinants and key risk factors for noncommunicable diseases
  • understand the role and significance of social, political and economic environments in shaping responses to major noncommunicable diseases
  • acquire understanding and transferable skills to contribute to national and global public health responses to non-communicable diseases.

Learning and Teaching

You will be able to:

  • Explore and explain the trends and patterns in the burden of non-communicable disease, both globally and in the UK.
  • Critically discuss the epidemiology and risk factors of major non communicable diseases, globally and in the UK.
  • Examine how disease burden is measured and critique the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods.
  • Critical understanding of health inequalities relating to key non-communicable diseases.
  • Critically assess the importance of the social, political and economic environment in shaping policy and other responses to major non-communicable disease.
  • Critically examine the actions necessary to control key non-communicable diseases.

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15 credit level 7 module

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