Prevention Strategies for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

Course summary

  • Sun 12 Mar 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017
  • Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JA
  • From £2090.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code O16C953B9Y
  • conferences@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1865 286945
  • Applications being accepted

Prevention Strategies for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)



Overview

Presented by The British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, Nuffield Department of Population Health and the Department for Continuing Education, this accredited short course is designed to:

  • Increase understanding of the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), their risk factors, determinants and prevention
  • Develop specific skills in designing and evaluating prevention strategies
  • Provide a forum to share knowledge and experience with participants and faculty

The British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention is a collaborating centre with the World Health Organization.

 

 

 

Exploring critical strategic challenges facing those working towards the prevention of NCDs, this six-day rich and intensive programme will be delivered by internationally renowned experts through keynote lectures, fora, group sessions and one-to-one tutorials covering the following themes:

  • Problem definition: burden of NCDs and risk factors
  • Solution generation: NCD prevention strategies and their development
  • Implementation and capacity building with individuals, communities and systems for NCD prevention
  • Evaluation and case studies
  • Policy development and implementation issues in Low and Middle Income Countries

The programme is designed for an international audience, and there is an option for academic credit.

Please note that this programme is subject to change.

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Comments from previous participants:

"The course was of great benefit to me, as it was more of providing practical solutions on how to tackle the burden of NCDs. The knowledge I have gained will help me and my organisation to further devise effective, efficient, and cost effective solutions to reducing the burden of the disease in my country and globally."
Olatunde Ojo, Programme Manager, Nigerian Heart Foundation

"Great mix of participants, very good speakers and well organized time table. It was great to have individual meetings with speakers in the afternoons and discuss ideas and current issues in NCD prevention. It was also a fantastic opportunity to network with people from all over the globe, and learn from their experience."
Komal Bhatia, Student, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

"Fantastic teachers and fellow students, unparalleled in my experience. A great melting-pot for exchanging and gaining ideas."
Erik Eriksson, Graduate Student, Uppsala University

"The course was fantastic. Great mix of highly-motivated participants, very great speakers, well-structured time-table. I especially enjoyed the one-to-one sessions in the afternoons to hear ideas and thoughts on my work, that was of great benefit to me."
Masako Kikuchi, Associate Expert, Health Team 3 (South East Asia and the Pacific Islands), Japan International Cooperation Agency

"Coming to this course was truly a life transforming event as this 6 days has totally challenged my thinking on approaches of combating and mitigating against NCDS using a policy approach for population impact. The course was highly impactful with opportunities for ongoing collaboration and mentorship as we were taught by an unparalleled array of faculties drawn from all over the world with great practical experiences in this field."
Ogonna Nwankwo(MD), Department of Community Medicine, University of Calabar teaching hospital, Nigeria

"The speakers were excellent, the week was very well thought out and I leave with a much fuller picture of the global NCD landscape."
Dr Luke Allen, Harvard School of Public Health

Programme details

Teaching sessions will comprise keynote lectures, fora, group sessions and one-to-one tutorials.

Sessions include:

Introduction (12 March 2017)

  • Conceptual framework for NCD prevention: Mike Rayner (University of Oxford)
  • Keynote address: Srinath Reddy (Public Health Foundation of India)
  • NCDs and development: Kremlin Wickramasinghe (University of Oxford)

Problem definition: burden of NCDs  and risk factors (13 March 2017)

  • Burden of NCD risk factors: Temo Waqanivalu (World Health Organization) 
  • Role of modelling in estimating the burden and planning strategies: Peter Scarborough (University of Oxford)
  • Screening and surveillance: Nick Townsend (University of Oxford)
  • Social, cultural, political and economical determinants: Prachi Bhatnagar (University of Oxford) and Aaron Reeves (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Problem definition NCD prevention and control: Denis Xavier (St. John's  National Academy of Health Sciences, India)

Solution generation: NCD prevention strategies and their development (14 March 2017)

  • NCD prevention strategies: Mike Rayner (University of Oxford)
  • Development of multi-sectoral NCD action plans: Cherian Varghese (World Health Organization) and Kremlin Wickramasinghe (University of Oxford)
  • Prioritising prevention options in complex environments: Steve Allender (WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, Deakin University)

Implementation and capacity building with individuals, communities and systems for NCD prevention (15 March 2017)

  • Implementation  of strategies with multiple stakeholders: Simon Capewell (University of Liverpool)
  • Implementation strategies: Gill Cowburn and Karen Milton (University of Oxford)
  • Capacity building for NCD prevention: Samira Asma (CDC, Atlanta)
  • Pressure from industry, government etc: Harry Rutter (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Knowledge in to practice  to improve treatment: Pablo Perel and Shabbar Jaffar (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Evaluation and case studies (16 March 2017)

  • Programme evaluation: Charlie Foster (University of Oxford)
  • Multi-sectorial approach and health policy change in combating NCDs in the LMICs: Prasad Katulanda (University of Colombo)
  • NCD prevention strategies and programmes: Brian Oldenburg (University of Melbourne)
  • Role of civil society and NGOs: Simon Gillespie (British Heart Foundation) and Modi Mwatsama (UK Health Forum)

Policy development and implementation issues in Low and Middle Income Countries (17 March 2017)

  • Global policy context, and implementation of NCD action plans: Gauden Galea (WHO Europe)
  • Different stakeholders for NCD prevention: Bente Mikkelsen (World Health Organization)
  • Advocacy for NCD prevention in LMICs: Xuefeng Zhong (Centre for Disease Control, China) and Celina Gorre (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases)

Certification

This course can be taken with or without academic credit. All participants who satisfy the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Those opting to take the course for credit and submit an assignment will also receive 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 7 (postgraduate). Credit points are recognised by employers and universities in the UK and internationally.

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Accommodation

Accommodation will be at Rewley House, which has been rated as 4-Star Campus Accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme.

Fees

Non-residential fee: £2090.00
Residential fee: £2615.00

Funding

Two types of bursaries are available each with a value of £2,615, covering the full residential course fee (includes full board accommodation as described in the ‘Payment’ section), but excludes the cost of travel which the student is expected to cover.

These bursaries will be awarded to successful applicants who declare that their financial situation would prevent them from attending the course and who can demonstrate the greatest ability in terms of a) their existing experience to apply the new learning and b) their ability to influence and improve their local practice.

Programme Bursaries (Applications now closed)

University of Oxford NCD programme bursaries are available to a limited number of successful applicants resident in low and middle income countries as listed on the Hinari website (applicants from Group A and Group B will be considered).  Application deadline: 31 August 2016

British Heart Foundation Bursaries

The second type of bursary will be offered by the British Heart Foundation. Applicants from any country can apply for these bursaries, but at least two of the places will be awarded to eligible applicants who are currently working or studying in the UK /EU. Application deadline: 10 October 2016

Project work

All students awarded these bursaries are required to complete and submit their project work at the end of the course as a condition of receiving a bursary. This project work can be submitted either as the final assignment (for those opting to take the course for credit) or can be submitted to the course director directly (for those opting to take the course on a not for credit basis). Abstracts of these projects may be published in the NCD short course resource document which will be published by WHO and University Oxford.

How to apply for a bursary

If you would like to apply for these bursaries, please provide, in addition to your application (see below), a declaration stating that without a bursary your financial situation would prevent you from attending the course.

Payment

Residential fee (£2,615) includes:

  • Attendance at all sessions
  • Full board accommodation at Rewley House (five nights from 12 March 2017), with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Morning and afternoon tea and coffee
  • Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner
  • Prevention Strategies for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Resource Pack
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to Oxford Libraries electronic learning resources
  • Internet access in study-bedrooms and at Rewley House

Non-residential fee (£2,090) includes:

  • Attendance at all sessions
  • Morning and afternoon tea and coffee
  • Lunch
  • Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner
  • Prevention Strategies for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Resource Pack
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Access to Oxford Libraries electronic learning resources
  • Internet access at Rewley House

Tutors

Dr Charlie Foster

Director

Charlie Foster, PhD is Deputy Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for NCD Prevention. He leads two British Heart Foundation funded programmes of research on physical activity and obesity. The aim of both programmes is to improve the quality of the evidence base for basic epidemiology, measurement, correlates, interventions and policy ...more

Professor Mike Rayner

Director

Mike Rayner is Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for NCD Prevention which is based within the Nuffield Department of Population Health of the University of Oxford and which he founded in 1993. The Group carries out research in two areas: firstly the burden of cardiovascular disease (in particular it is responsible for the British Heart Foundation’s series of Coronary Heart Diseases statistics publications and web-pages) and secondly into population based-approaches to the prevention of cardiovascular disease ...more

Dr Kremlin Wickramasinghe

Director

Kremlin joined the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention (BHF CPNP) in 2009 to work on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and associated risk factors. He also collates and produces statistics for regular publications for the British Heart Foundation ...more

Dr Steven Allender

Speaker

Dr Steven Allender is Professor of Public Health and Co- Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. Steve holds a jointly funded National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/ Australian Heart Foundation Career Development Fellow and is co-lead (CID) on an NHMRC Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Obesity Policy Research and Food Systems ...more

Dr Prachi Bhatnagar

Speaker

Prachi carries out research into the burden of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in the UK. As part of this work, she also produces statistics and GIS maps for annual publications for the British Heart Foundation. Her research interests cover the social and environmental determinants of diet and physical activity; population-level approaches for addressing health inequalities and understanding the burden of NCDs in the UK and globally ...more

Gill Cowburn

Speaker

Gill Cowburn is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with an interest in research and policy aspects of health promotion and nutrition. She has a particular interest in structural and environmental influences on dietary behaviour and in the prevention of overweight and obesity ...more

Dr Aiden Doherty

Speaker

Aiden Doherty is a senior research fellow in the University of Oxford. His research interest is in extracting lifestyle health behaviours from wearable sensor data. This builds on experience at Microsoft Research, Dublin City University (both in computing departments), and the University of Oxford (population health and biomedical engineering). Aiden has 50 peer-reviewed publications and is on the UK Biobank expert working group on processing accelerometer data ...more

Dr Gauden Galea

Speaker

Dr Gauden Galea is Director of Non-communicable Diseases and Health Promotion, World Health Organization, Europe. He is a public health physician working with the WHO since 1998, with experience in the Western Pacific, in WHO Headquarters, and most recently, in the European Region. He has a special interest in the social determinants of NCDs and in the links between non-communicable diseases and the development agenda ...more

Mr Simon Gillespie

Speaker

Chief Executive – British Heart Foundation

Simon joined the British Heart Foundation in March 2013. Before joining the BHF, he was Chief Executive of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society since 2006. Like far too many people in the UK, Simon has a personal connection with heart disease – his Father died of a heart attack in 1979. As part of the BHF’s ‘Fight for Every Heartbeat’, Simon runs and walks to raise money for the BHF’s work...more

Professor Shabbar Jaffar

Speaker

Shabbar Jaffar is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health at LSHTM. He has been at LSHTM for over 20 years. He has lived in The Gambia, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa. He works mostly on large-scale public health intervention studies in Africa, mostly in HIV, but has recently developed interests in non-communicable diseases given their rapid emergence in Africa. He is a co-investigator on a very large study in Malawi looking at the burden and the risk factors for non-communicable diseases in both rural and urban settings, and issues around their diagnoses and management in the African setting.

Dr Prasad Katulanda

Speaker

Dr Prasad Katulanda is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo ...more

Dr Bente Mikkelsen

Speaker

Dr Bente Mikkelsen is Head a.i. of the Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (GCM/NCD) secretariat, responsible for leading the secretariat and the overall work of the programme. Dr Mikkelsen also coordinates the ‘one WHO’ work programme on NCDs across the three levels of the organization, including the cross-category work on NCDs. She is the cluster focal point for Gender Equity and Human Rights and for non-State actors.

Modi Mwatsama

Speaker

Modi Mwatsama is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and Director, Global Health, at the UK Health Forum and leads the UKHF’s work on non-communicable diseases and global health ...more

 

Professor Brian Oldenburg

Speaker

Brian Oldenburg is Professor of Noncommunicable Disease Control and Director of the Centre for Health Equity in the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a behavioral scientist and an expert in the prevention and control of chronic conditions. His research program focuses on health policy, global health and the prevention and control of diabetes, heart disease and mental health conditions in many different countries, most recently, in Asia and Africa ...more

Dr Pablo Perel

Speaker

Dr Perel is a cardiologist and epidemiologist with expertise in clinical trials systematic reviews, and prognostic research. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Global NCDs, the World Heart Federation Senior Science Advisor, Deputy Editor of Global Heart and the Cochrane Heart Group. His current research focuses on implementation research on global cardiovascular diseases ...more

Professor K. Srinath Reddy

Speaker

Prof K. Srinath Reddy is presently President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University ...more

Dr Aaron Reeves

Speaker

Aaron Reeves is an Associate Professorial Research Fellow in the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His current research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of social and economic inequality across countries. Aaron is a sociologist with interests in public health and political economy, examining how policy, politics, and economics affect health through a number of different lenses and using a variety of methods. Prior to joining the LSE, Aaron was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford, as well as a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, and worked briefly at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD (2013) in Applied Social & Economic Research with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex. ...more

Dr Harry Rutter

Speaker

Harry Rutter is a public health physician based in Oxford, England. He is a senior clinical research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a senior strategic adviser to Public Health England, an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford, an adjunct professor of public health at University College Cork, and was the founder director of the National Obesity Observatory for England ...more

Dr Pete Scarborough

Speaker

Dr Pete Scarborough is a University Research Lecturer in the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, University of Oxford. He is programme leader of the Environmental Sustainability Programme, and joint leader (with Gill Cowburn) on the Diet and Nutrition Programme ...more

Dr Nick Townsend

Speaker

Nick is the lead on the British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded cardiovascular disease (CVD) epidemiology research programme. Research within this programme includes modelling the future burden of CVD, investigations into regional, social, ethnic and temporal trends in CVD and improving estimates of the incidence and other aspects of the burden of CVD ...more

Dr Cherian Varghese

Speaker

Dr Cherian Varghese holds a medical degree with postgraduate qualification in radiation oncology from India, where he also has training in health and hospital management. He holds degrees from the following institutions in Europe: a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. from Tampere, Finland. Dr Varghese worked in clinical oncology and epidemiology in the regional cancer centre in Trivandrum, India for ten years and as research fellow at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom for two years ...more

Dr Temo Waqanivalu

Speaker

Dr Temo Waqanivalu is currently the Program Officer, Surveillance and Population Based Prevention (SPP) Unit in the Prevention of NCD Department (PND) in WHO HQ, Geneva. The focus of the work is on providing technical guidance and support to member states on population based prevention in the areas of diet (salt reduction, obesity prevention, marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children) and physical activity.

Prior to joining WHO HQ he was Coordinator of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) and Health Promotion of the WHO Division of Pacific Technical Support (DPS) of the Western Pacific region located in Suva, Fiji. From 1994 after graduation from Fiji School of Medicine, he worked in the Ministry of Health of the Fiji Islands and progressed through the ranks of Public Health and last held the post of National Advisor NCD before moving to WHO in December 2005 as the Technical Officer Nutrition and Physical Activity. He progressed through work in WHO to the position of Coordinator NCD and Health Promotion, the position he last held, overseeing and coordinating WHO support and providing direct technical advice in areas of NCD (including mental health) and Health Promotion and general public health to the 22 Pacific Island Countries and areas. He has also held part-time lecturer positions at the Fiji School of Medicine.

Dr Denis Xavier

Speaker

Denis Xavier MD, MSc (Clin Epi, Canada), is Professor and Head, Pharmacology at St. John’s Medical College, and Head of the Division of Clinical Research and Training at St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, India. With Prof. Prem Pais he set up the Clinical Research Division at St. John’s in 1999 and built collaborations in about 200 Centers in India.

This collaboration is conducting observational studies and large clinical trials evaluating different drugs including polypills and the impact of non-medical health workers in prevention of CVD. To date, in 16 years the collaboration has recruited about 65,000 patients in over 30 projects with plans to recruit over 30,000. The studies include several large observational studies and multi-centre clinical trials involving anticoagulants, lipid lowering agents, anti-hypertensives, antiplatelet agents, polypills and the impact of non-medical health workers in cardiovascular prevention.

He was Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) and UH Center of Excellence to counter chronic diseases (2009-14) in developing coutries. This includes 3 large knowledge translational studies in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and a nation-wide stroke registry. He runs courses in Health Research Methods, Biostatistics and Evidence Based Medicine. His present focus is innovative health systems research in low-income settings in heart disease and strokes.

He has published in Journals such as the Lancet, NEJM, JAMA, Circulation, European Heart Journal, Heart, American Heart Journal, Nature Cardiovascular, Indian Heart Journal etc. He reviews for the Lancet, European Heart Journal, American Heart Journal, Translational Medicine and the Journal of Experimental Biology. He is on the Editorial board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and Nature Cardiology. He reviews for the Indian Council of Medical Research and for the Drugs Controller General of India.

Course aims

The aim of this short course is to improve the knowledge and skills of participants to strengthen prevention strategies for NCDs. The focus will be on both developed and developing countries, and there is an exchange of knowledge and experience with participants and faculty.

The course aims to help participants:

  • Increase their knowledge of the burden of NCDs, their determinants, risk factors and prevention through:
    • Discussing the current and future impact of the burden of NCDs
    • Understanding the social, cultural, political and economic determinants
    • Familiarising themselves with national and global prevention strategies
    • Analysing successful and unsuccessful case studies of programmes with the aim of preventing NCDs
    • Identifying how to strengthen healthcare and other systems to prevent NCDs
  • Developed specific skills in NCD prevention. They will have begun to learn how to:
    • Develop a national level prevention strategy
    • Develop a research proposal related to the prevention of NCDs
    • Evaluate a prevention programme
    • Set up a surveillance and monitoring system
    • Initiate a population level awareness campaign 

Teaching methods

The course will include the following types of session:

Lecture and discussion

A presentation from a member of the faculty or an outside speaker followed by a discussion.

Forum

Three or four experts will be invited to share their knowledge and /or experience. Each panel member will make a short presentation of 10 – 15 minutes, which will be followed by an interactive session with comments and questions from the audience.

Group work

Participants will be divided in to five groups. Each group will be given a case scenario or a topic to discuss. Each group will make a five minute presentation to share their conclusions with the wider group.

One-to-one faculty consultation

Faculty consultation time slots will be available on a daily basis. Participants can use this time to meet with their personal tutors or other members of the teaching team to discuss their individual projects and clarify any issues in their fields of expertise or to get advice, comments and support for new project ideas. These one-to-one sessions provide a unique opportunity for participants to meet speakers individually.

Individual projects

Each participant will be asked to select one of the following five specific skills that they would like to develop:

  • Develop a national level prevention strategy
  • Develop a research proposal related to the prevention of NCDs
  • Evaluate a prevention programme
  • Set up a surveillance and monitoring system
  • Initiate a population level awareness campaign

Participants will be assigned to a personal tutor according to the selected skill and will begin to develop a document under the guidance of that tutor.

Application

We strongly recommend that you download and save files before completing to ensure that all your changes are saved.

This course requires you to complete the application form and the additional information form below, and submit them alongside a copy of your CV. If you are applying to take this course for academic credit you will also need to complete section two of the reference form and forward it to your referee for completion. Please note that if you are not applying to take the course for academic credit then you do not need to submit a reference.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

Level and demands

This course will be suitable for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, postgraduate students and other early career level professionals working in the field of NCDs.

Selection criteria

Applicants will need to:

  • be a graduate, and have some first-hand knowledge and/or experience of studying, researching or working in the field of NCDs;
  • satisfy the minimum required English language criteria set by the University;
  • meet the IT requirements for this course.