Title: Neglected Tropical Diseases: a public health approach for control
Keywords: Vulnerable groups (in general)
Communicable diseases (in general)
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Course coordinator: Dr. Olaf Horstick
Date start: 2018-07-09
Date end: 2018-07-13
About duration and dates: 1 week + 16h pre-reading
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg
ECTS credit points: 2 ECTS credits
SIT: 60 hours SIT (36 contact and 24 self-study hours)
Language: English
This course aims to provide students with the necessary tools to develop and to successfully implement programmes with evidence-informed decisions for the control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
At the end of the course, students will be able to
• develop evidence-informed concepts for the control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and define the advantages of this compared to other approaches (Mass Drug Administration and Integrated Vector Management)
• develop NTD control programmes for a defined population
Assessment Procedures:
• 60% individual written assignment
Essay: critical synthesis of retrieved information (2,500 words) on topics selected by participants with agreement of the course leader, in the context of NTD programme delivery for a defined population. The essay must be delivered within 1 week of the end of the course.
Assessment based on standard criteria, which are made available to the students.
• 40% oral presentation of group work, based on case studies of NTD programmes: group (participants’) assessment using a standard form accounts for 10% and two facilitators´ assessment using a standard form account for 15% each
If course participants fail, an oral resit exam will be offered with a panel of two NTD experts
• Historical background of NTDs including the basic bio-medical concepts
• Epidemiology and burden of disease of NTDs
• Evidence based concepts and approaches for the control of NTDs, specifically Mass Drug Administration, and Integrated Vector Management, including community participation
• The need for Research and Development (R&D) for NTDs
• The landscape of organisations dedicated to control NTDs – information necessary to support local NTD programmes
The course aims to initiate an active participatory learning process. It uses a mixture of interactive lectures, individual assignments, case studies, group work and presentations, and a panel debate.
Preparatory reading: 16 hours
Interactive lectures: 16 hours
Tutored individual practical exercises: 4 hours
Group work based on case studies of NTD programmes and presentations: 12 hours
Panel debate and plenary discussion: 4 hours
Individual written assignment: 8 hours
Desirable, but not an absolute prerequisite, is at least two years of working experience in a low or middle income country in the field of public health/ health management.
Evidence of adequate English language skills (TOEFL score of at least 550 points paper-based or 213 points computer-based, or an equivalent approved test or enrolment as tropEd student)
Number of participants is limited to 25.
First come first served
Course fee: € 750
Reduced fee for participants enrolled in the tropEd programme: € 500
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Yogyakarta in February 2016. This accreditation is valid February 2021.
Email Address: grys@uni-heidelberg.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2016-03-13 18:32:00 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2016-03-13 22:42:03 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-05-22 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 04:47:04 (W3C-DTF)

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