Professional/Short course Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Disease

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Four consecutive weeks
Course Director
Dr Zheng Ma

15 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


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.

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.

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.


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.


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