This unit introduces candidates to the global burden of disease in low and middle income countries and to field research methods (quantitative and qualitative methods) used to assess disease burden. Through the lectures, readings and tutorial discussions, students will learn about conditions, diseases, risk factors, causative determinants and the influence of socio-cultutral-economic-political and environmental factors that contribute most to the burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries. This unit provides candidates with an understanding of the major conditions responsible for illness, disability and premature mortality. The design and implementation of disease control and health promotion programs for developing country populations will be discussed based on an understanding of the biological, environmental, behavioral, social and cultural aspects of major health problems. Topics covered in the unit include the global burden of disease; methods for conducting both quantitative and qualitative applied field research; and the epidemiology, control and prevention strategies for communicable diseases- malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical illnesses, HIV; zoonoses; perinatal conditions; non-communicable siseases- cardiovascular diseases, mental helath; injury; disease priorities for child health and nutrition; planetary and environmental health i.e. air pollution.
1x2hr lecture per week for 13 weeks;1x1hr tutorial per week for 10 weeks (face to face students only); 10xonline tutorials that each run for one week (online students only); plus 1x1 day seminar on qualitative methods (face to face students only) and 1x1 day seminar on quantitativemethods (face to face students only); week long online qualitative and quantitative methods seminars (online students only)
qualitative and quantitative methods exercise (10%); 1x 1500 word case scenario based research methods written assessment (10%); 1x 3000 word individual essay (60%); and tutorial facilitation discussion (20%)
Readings are available on the unit's eLearnng site. In addition the following textbooks (available free on-line) are recommended for reference: Global Health: diseases, programs, systems and policies. 3rd Edition (2012) Jones and Bartlett Learning, Burlington MA USA. Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. Dean Jamison, Joel Breman, Anthony Measham et al (editors). New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. (co-published with World Bank)
Note: Departmental permission required for non-MIPH students