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What you will learn

  • To describe the broad distribution and trends of major global diseases

  • To argue the case for different ways in which health can be conceptualised

  • To recognise the implications of the metrics used for different measures of disease and to critique the data that underpin these results

  • To describe the drivers of the broad distribution and trends of major global diseases

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Beginner Level
Approx. 12 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

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This course is part of the 100% online Global Master of Public Health from Imperial College London. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction to Disease Masterclass: Disease Distributions and Trends

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 47 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Intro to Content2m
Patterns in Global Health and Disease5m
Important Trends in Global Disease6m
Trends in Global Health and Disease6m
Using IHME Data5m
IHME Example: Global Epidemiology Trends2m
Patterns and Inequalities within Countries5m
Reflections on Contemporary Trends in Global Disease9m
6 readings
About Imperial College & the team5m
How to be successful in this course10m
Grading policy10m
Important Trends in Global Disease5m
E-tivity- IHME Data5m
Additional Readings30m
2 practice exercises
E-tivity- IHME Data Quiz25m
End of Week Quiz30m

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Disease Estimates

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Estimating Cancer Statistics5m
Estimating HIV Statistics4m
Roundtable - Challenges with Making Estimates13m
1 reading
Generation of Estimates45m
1 practice exercise
Disease Data Sources and Estimates15m

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Measuring disease

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 30 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
Metrics for Evaluating Health (pt2)6m
Changing Metrics, Changing Impact3m
Changing Metrics, Changing Impact2m
Creation of DALY Estimates11m
2 readings
Introduction to the Week10m
DALY Estimates
3 practice exercises
Diseases Affected by these Parameters30m
E-tivity - Disability Weight Survey20m
End of Week Quiz20m

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Disease Frameworks

5 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 39 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Examples of Disease and Their Determinants6m
Deterministic Frameworks and Structural Interventions4m
Structural Interventions for Health3m
Structural interventions - a conversation with a policy maker16m
Wrap Up1m
3 readings
E-tivity- Exploring Inequalities Between Countries30m
Underlying Causes Relating to Examples35m
Deterministic Frameworks25m
1 practice exercise
End of Lesson Quiz30m



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About the Global Disease Masterclass Specialization

The Global Disease Masterclass specialisation aims to provide students with an overview of core health challenges and lines of epidemiological research being undertaken, across a range of infectious and non-communicable diseases. The specialisation begins by examining the global distribution of diseases and the major trends that we have seen in the last several decades. Simultaneously, we consider the data that are used to construct such estimates. We then consider the role of social determinants and risk factors in shaping the distribution of disease in populations. For each, the overall aetiology and epidemiological patterns are described and subsequently, the interventions that are available to combat them are considered. Particular ‘policy issues’ in relation to each disease are examined from multiple angles. Each session comprises lecture content with leaders in the field, practical activities and in-depth interview with subject matter experts. The specialisation will give students a broad understanding of the major global issues in health and an in-depth understanding of some of the most important disease challenges that are being faced today. It will equip public health professionals and researchers with a broad foundation of knowledge on which to build further expertise about global public health....
Global Disease Masterclass

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