Postgraduate

HSC8059 : Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00Non-synchronous online: Foundation material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading101:0010:00Preparation for lectures and seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Sync online: Interactive seminars, incorporating group work and interactive exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Synchronous online: Interactive seminar, incorporating group discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching10:300:30Synchronous online: Interactive session: Q&A for assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study153:0053:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:301:30PIP: Interactive module talk, including group discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00PIP: Interactive activity lecture, including group discussion
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching activities and lecture materials (which will take place in person or be pre-recorded) provide students with the information required to be able to meet the knowledge outcomes. Small group teaching (which will take place remotely) 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.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Reading Lists

Timetable