Title: Control Strategies for Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
Keywords: Non-communicable diseases (in general)
Disease prevention & control
Communicable diseases (in general)
Country: Netherlands
Institution: The Netherlands - Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam
Course coordinator: Lisanne Gerstel
Date start: 2018-04-16
Date end: 2018-05-04
About duration and dates: 3 weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: KIT, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
ECTS credit points: 4.5 ECTS credits
SIT: 135 Student Investment Hours
Contact hours: 52 hours (including 2 hr open book exam)
Self-study hours: 83 hours
(including 35 hrs through virtual learning)
Language: English
At the end of the module the student should be able to:

• compare and contrast the approaches to the control of CDs and NCDs in relation to health promotion and health advocacy and relevant levels of prevention, using relevant research results for CD’s and NCD’s, and use this comparison to inform decision-making processes.

• analyse and critically discuss strengths and weaknesses of specific disease control programmes or strategies (CD & NCD) considering integrated approaches of health systems development and current health reforms regarding the control of CDs & NCDs in specific contexts and for specific target groups.

• use evidence to formulate and clearly communicate context-appropriate strategies to control one or more CDs and/or NCDs to diverse audiences (a news release for general public and constructive feedback to peers)
Assessment Procedures:
The student is required to attend at least 90% of the face to face sessions, complete the online quizzes and participate in the group work.

The final mark will be based on three assessments:
• Written paper (news release for general public on an NCD, 500 words): 25% (LO1 and LO3)
• Constructive feedback to peers on the news release: 25%(LO3 mostly)
• Final online examination taken in Amsterdam: this 2hr examination is open book using multiple choice and short answer questions: (50%)(LO1 and LO2)

Students receive feedback for these examinations in the form of a personal feedback sheet (news release and written paper) and directly online (after the open book exam the correct answers will be displayed).
Students that fail can resit the paper and/or the final examination.
(Examples of the three assessment methods are provided in the annex)
This module will use disease control strategies for specific diseases as a starting points. These diseases are selected based on specific target populations (young, old, refugees), duration of the disease (chronic, acute), focus on different control strategies (primary, secondary, tertiary prevention).

The first part of the course has emphasis on NCD’s, the second part more on CD’s. Based on these disease focused examples similarities and differences between approaches to control strategies for communicable and non-communicable diseases will be discussed. (LO1 LO2) partly in tutorials and partly online.

Each session will offer some refresher on basic concepts like trends, high-risk populations, behavioural risk factors, transmission patterns, epidemic-endemic, infection-disease, etc. (LO1)

Some sessions will be suitable to discuss screening/case finding and case management, vaccination, environmental interventions, health promotion. Others will be used to discuss the role of monitoring & evaluation, surveillance, advocacy, legislation/regulation, the health system perspective or policy context. (LO2)
A news release training is organised to learn specific skills for communication to the public while feedback to peers will be trained and assessed also online(LO 3).
Towards the end of the module sessions focus more on overarching issues that are essential to formulation of strategies such as human rights perspectives, priority setting between diseases (LO3).Advocacy for different control programmes. Analysis and design of control programs both at the level of health services and intersectorally, for both CDs & NCDs.

An example schedule is attached below: The session names give some idea of the link between the disease and the LOs, however each session will cover various learning objectives.
A great variety of learning methods are used, most importantly:
• Interactive lectures (all face to face) reflection students own experiences, case studies (60hrs)written assignments
• peer feedback (online)
• group work (a.o. construction of a wiki online)
• Quizzes (online)
• Background reading materials

The educational approach for both the face to face and online components is based on the following principles. The education:
• Takes the knowledge and (working) experience of the participants as a starting point.
• Is problem oriented and is focused on the practical application of the course content.
• Is competency based: it is aimed at improving the competencies of participants to implement and evaluate context specific approaches to address health problems.
• Academic training or a professional qualification in a relevant field
• Minimum of 3 years Wwork experience in a related area, including experience in management or planning in developing countries
• the participant should be able to use a computer with internet (use own email and the web). They should have a working-level understanding of Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint) and Adobe (PDF). Students will be introduced to the e-learning platform.
• Proficiency in spoken and written English (TOEFL 550 or academic IELTS 6.0)
Maximum number of students: 27
Maximum number of tropEd students: 5
First come first served principle
Fees: 2070,- Euro
Scholarships: Scholarships are available through Nuffic:
specifically: http://www.nuffic.nl/international-students/scholarships/grantfinder
Major changes since initial accreditation:
This course was accredited in February 2016. Because of changes in the national MPH programme the duration and number of ECTS has been reduced (from 5 to 4,5 ECTS). The objectives have been slightly changed to place more emphasis in advocacy and communication. These topics have received more emphasis in the course, and in the exam and as such deserve more emphasis in the objectives.
Emphasis on specific health problems is decreased to save classroom time as well as give room to place emphasis on the broader principles of disease control in the introductory session, online exercises and tutorial.

The course now runs on a new more user friendly e-learning platform for the online components. Feedback from students helped us in improving the environment.
Student evaluation:
The module ran once since the last accreditation.
Sessions were all very well evaluated, as well as the training/practice on the news release. Teachers were of high quality. The new e-learning environment was appreciated though there were some minor start up issues.
Some students were losing sight of the broader principles of strategies for disease control while focusing too much on specific diseases
Lessons learned:
The diversity of learning methods in this module allows different types of learners with various backgrounds to have an effective learning experience, while having ample opportunity to share their knowledge and experience.
tropEd accreditation:
Accreditation in 2004; re-accredited in 2007, in October 2011 and in February 2017. This accreditation is valid until February 2022.
Disease control refers to a broad package of strategies for controlling diseases, from primary prevention, health promotion, and health legislation to screening for early detection, treatment and rehabilitation.
This course is designed to help you retain the strengths of your disease control programmes while considering more integrated and sector-wide approaches.
This course can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the Master in International Health or the Master in Public Health program.

online application
Email Address: P.Zwanikken@kit.nl
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-14 09:17:10 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-14 15:27:55 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-03-05 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 16:09:26 (W3C-DTF)

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