Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases


1. Identify the main non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Portugal and respective determinants. Indicator analysis. Burden of disease. International comparisons.
2. Discuss and propose strategies, policies and programs for the prevention and control of NCD and their determinant factors in light of evidence criteria and health promotion principles.

3. Review and discuss the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020 and the National Programmes for control of NCD in the light of evidence criteria, cost-effectiveness and equity.

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1. World Health Organization. Who Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020. Geneva: WHO, 2013.
2. Heneghan C et al. Evidence for non-communicalble diseases: analysis of Cochrane reviews and randomized trials by World Bank Classification. BMJ open,3: 7, 2013. 
3. Merson M.  Black R., Mills A J.:  International Public Health. Second Edition. (Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008.
4. The World Bank:  Investing in Health (Washington, DC:  World Bank and Oxford University Press, 1993.
5. Direcção Geral de Saúde. Programas Nacionais Prioritários. (Lisboa, Portugal: Ministério da Saúde, 2012).

Teaching method

1. Lectures and seminars with presentation of case studies relevant to the topic under discussion.
2. Review of publications on Prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases.
3. Discussion of priority health programs in Portugal and Europe in light of evidenve criteria.
4. Prepare concept notes for proposing a program or project to address health problems in Portugal or in a developing country.
5. a) Participation in class and seminars (25%), b) Group work (25%) and c) Individual work (50%): essay or critical review on a topic to be agreed between the teacher and student.

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Subject matter

1. Premature mortality, burden of disease, levels of prevention, disease management, life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. Health inequities..
2. Evaluation of health policies and programs. Economic analysis, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness.

3. Evaluation of policies and health programmes based on evidence...
4. Epidemiology of NCDs. Risk and protective factors. Analysis based on the life cycle approach in light of evidence criteria.
5. The high risk and the population approaches to prevention and control of NCDs. Screening tests in public health.
6. Primary prevention of NCDs, health literacy and empowerment of citizens. Health in all policies. Advocacy, interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation. Partnerships.for health.

7. Analysis of the Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases "of the WHO.
8. National Priority Programs for NCD control.
9. Smoking prevention and tobacco control strategies.
10. Alcoholism prevention and control strategies.
11. Obesity prevention and control strategies.
12. Discussion of health programs to be undertaken by students.


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