Title: Disease Control: Strategies and Policies
Keywords: Non-communicable diseases (in general)
Disease prevention & control
Communicable diseases (in general)
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Course coordinator: Prof. Dr. med. Olaf Müller, MPH
Date start: 2018-01-08
Date end: 2018-01-19
About duration and dates: 2 weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
90 hours
Contact: 60 hours, Self study: 30 hours
Language: English
By the end of this course participants will be able to:

• Analyze and critically discuss policies and principles, to the control of various communicable and non-communicable diseases as well as related approaches and strategies such as primary health care, inter-sectoral collaboration, multidisciplinary approaches, and community participation
• Analyse the role of formal and informal health services in disease control
Assessment Procedures:
Class attendance is mandatory. Participants are expected to contribute actively to class discussions and group work.

The final grade will be based on a written assignment (essay, 1.500-2.000 words); participants can choose from topics provided by the course coordinator. Topics are provided in form of statements (such as: Cholera is no longer of global public health importance; Non-specific effects of vaccines are a neglected topic in global health) which can be either supported, denied or discussed from a general perspective)
The assignment is due 2 days after course end. If the student fails to reach the passing grade of 60%, s/he will be provided a new topic to be submitted not later than 3 weeks after receiving the assessment result.
• Global Burden of Disease
• Principles and strategies of disease control, elimination and eradication programs
• Communicable disease control and the role of primary health care (PHC) in control strategies
• Non-communicable disease control and the role of health promotion in control strategies
• The application of surveillance systems, monitoring and evaluation in disease control programmes
• Outbreak control
• Dengue control: Clinical and vector control strategies
• Polio eradication: The last mile
• HIV/AIDS control: Pattern of the epidemic, case studies on HIV prevention from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and disease management strategies and their application in sub-Saharan Africa
• Helminth control
• Rabies control: Addressing a complex zoonosis
• Malaria control: Clinical and vector control strategies
• Human African Trypanosomiasis control
• Tobacco control
• Diabetes control in sub-Saharan Africa
• Case studies in communicable and non-communicable disease control from the home countries of course participants
• The impact of the epidemiological transition for disease control programmes in developing countries
• Disease control and human resources, and the role of formal and informal health services in the health system
This course fosters a participatory learning environment combining input lectures (40%), case studies (20%), group work (30%) and individual work (10%).
English: TOEFL test 5.5 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent language skills
Maximum number of students (including tropEd students): 25
First come, first served
tropEd students: 1.000 EUR
General admission: 1.500 EUR
Scholarships: None available
Major changes since initial accreditation:
No major changes in course structure; amount of group work has been increased
Student evaluation:
A bit of overlap with the core course; well planned and offers insight into a variety of topics; opportunity to learn from experts in different fields of Disease Control
Lessons learned:
Overlap with the core course has been reduced to a minimum.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Bordeaux in January 2007. Re-accredited in October 2012 and October 2017. This accreditation is valid until October 2022.
This course is part of the residential MScIH at Heidelberg. Limited seats are available for tropEd students or other external participants. Exact number of available seats is known by October. Earlier registration is possible.
Building on the basic knowledge of major diseases and specific experience in their control as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods which were acquired during the core course, this advanced module further deepens the understanding of principles and strategies in disease control and equips participants with the skills to successfully establish, strengthen, and systematically review disease control programmes in low- and middle-income countries.
The course uses global, regional, and local examples to analyse strengths and weaknesses of strategies and policies. A special focus is put on multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration as well as community and patient involvement.
Email Address: grys@uni-heidelberg.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-10 03:04:56 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-10 09:14:23 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-10-09 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 04:47:03 (W3C-DTF)

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