Institute for Global Health


Global Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

In this module students are introduced to global patterns of both communicable and non-communicable diseases. Students will learn about the control and management of these diseases, and the political, economic and social factors that influence them. The course focuses on infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases, while also reflecting the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in both developed and developing countries. 

The non-communicable diseases section will focus on illnesses such as cancer and heart disease and the factors that underpin them. All of these debates will look at how health systems respond to these problems, but also examine the role of factors outside of healthcare that sustain and prolong illness at both individual and population levels.

Tutors: Therese Hesketh and Lele Rangaka

Course structure: The course is ten weeks long. Each week there is a 3 hour lecture and discussion.

Assessment: 2 hour unseen written exam (100%)


      • Changing global disease burden
      • Models and theories of disease control
      • Tuberculosis
      • Neglected tropical diseases
      • Malaria
      • HIV/AIDS
      • Diarrhoeal disease & Sanitation
      • Ischaemic heart disease & renal disease in resource-limited settings
      • Diabetes in resource-limited settings
      • Respiratory disease in resource-limited settings