The prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or chronic diseases - mainly diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and cancers - involves shared risk factors. This unit introduces students to the principles of primordial and primary prevention and control of NCD risk factors, specifically tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, salt reduction, and obesity prevention. This unit provides an integrated exploration of the current state-of-the-art in research and practice for addressing these preventable 'lifestyle' risk factors. The emphasis is on primordial and primary prevention strategies, rather than the management of NCDs in those already with chronic disease. This solutions-focused unit comprises specific modules about each of tobacco control, harmful alcohol consumption, physical activity, nutrition and health, salt and health, and obesity prevention. By the end of this unit, students will understand the dynamic relationships between the key risk factors, and the important role of primary prevention approaches to reducing lifestyle risks that are precursors to NCDs.
2-hour x12 weekly lectures 9 weeks of online tutorials
1x1500 words individual assignment (25%) 1x2500 words individual assignment (50%) 1x5mins online oral presentation (10%), anonymised peer evaluation according to pre-determined criteria based on academic content using peer evaluation form; final mark will be the median of all the peer marks asynchronous tutorial participation (15%) defined as making at least 4 considered posts per tutorial, posts that contribute and build on the discussion rather than just endorse earlier posts of others
None, Readings will be provided