Module Catalogue 2024/25

HSC8059 : Chronic Disease Epidemiology (Inactive)

HSC8059 : Chronic Disease Epidemiology (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Linda Sharp
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Booth, Dr Louise Hayes, Professor Richard Walker, Professor Mark Pearce, Dr Bronia Arnott, Dr Connor Richardson
  • Owning School: Population Health Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

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To explore the contribution of epidemiology to understanding and addressing the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the UK and other industrialised countries. The module starts with a consideration of changes in demography and disease patterns that led to chronic non-communicable diseases becoming the predominant health problems in the UK and similar countries. It then considers the major determinants of those diseases, from underlying socio economic structures through to individual behaviours and genetic determinants.

Outline Of Syllabus

Epidemiological transition; epidemiological models; major determinants of chronic diseases and their control.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this module students will be able to:
• Describe the theory of the epidemiological transition, how chronic diseases became the predominant
health problems in industrialised countries, and current disease patterns in other parts of the
• Discuss and evaluate the potential determinants of the relationship between socio economic status and chronic disease occurrence including the putative role of psycho-social factors.
• Understand the nature of the relationships between age, sex, ethnicity and chronic disease
• Describe and evaluate the major “lifestyle” risk factors for chronic disease, and in particular the role of
smoking, physical inactivity, calorie excess and specific dietary components
• Outline some of the basics of genetic and molecular epidemiology and explain their
importance to understanding the epidemiology and control of chronic diseases.
• Provide a critical outline of the hypotheses on the origins of adult disease in fetal and early life

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of this module students will be able to:
• Provide a critical synthesis of the literature for a particular disease or condition that
demonstrates the interrelationships and relative importance of determinants of health in different
population groups.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00Present in person: Interactive lectures/seminars, including group discussion
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading101:0010:00Preparation for lectures and seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching activities provide students with the information required to be able to meet the knowledge outcomes. Small group teaching includes direct dialogue between students and provides the opportunity to discuss in depth the complex influences on chronic disease occurrence, thus embedding and reinforcing the knowledge outcomes and facilitating achievement of the intended skills outcomes. A number of the students have significant experience of working in the health service, and the interactive nature of the learning methods enables them to discuss their experience and to relate that to the concepts and ideas being taught, thus aiding their knowledge and understanding of the subject area.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002,000 words maximum
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment will test the student’s ability to critically evaluate the influence of the different determinants on the trends, current rates and distribution of a particular chronic condition.

A formative 'surgery' on the assignment will be held within a small group session


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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