Free course for self-paced study. Earn a certificate. Learn about major disease patterns facing populations: global burden of disease; Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease; Neglected Tropical Diseases; Injury; Mental illness.

Despite a focus on the control of communicable diseases in developing countries in the past, it is now apparent that non-communicable diseases have crept up on these populations and create a major threat. The course aims to help practitioners understand the size of this threat and its causes, and to develop policies to reduce the growing burden on developing country populations. We cannot cover all non-communicable diseases in this module, and have chosen to focus on CVD and Diabetes.

The self-paced course focuses on understanding the burden of childhood disease that results in morbidity and mortality in this vulnerable population. Children are an invaluable population resource and childhood mortality has great importance in terms of a nation’s development, prosperity and well-being. The course has a multi-disciplinary focus that will help students appreciate this complex concept, in terms of the burden it places on populations, the causes, and the major interventions to reduce the burden of disease.

Mental health issues universally concentrate amongst the poor and disadvantaged, as well as a strong gender bias towards women. There is much more that needs to be done to improve the lives and outcomes of those people who develop mental illness. The course aims to help you understand some of the risk factors, and size of the burden of mental illness and think about policies and interventions that can help tackle this neglected public health issue.