Non-communicable diseases in Tropical Environment


After this unit, students should be able to:
1. To recognize the characteristics of non-communicable diseases, its determinants and risk factors.
2. Clinical approach to cosmopolitan pathology in the tropics.
3. To know the strategies for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Cláudia Conceição


Weekly - Se a UC for oferecida como opcional, o horário será disponibilizado no 2º semestre

Total - 36

Teaching language

English and Portuguese


Attendance of 2/3 of classes is mandatory


• Hunter's Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infectious Disease.
• Implementation tools. Package of Essential Noncommunicable (PEN) disease interventions for primary health care in low-resource settings. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2013.
• Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2013.
• Demaio et al. (2013) Non-Communicable Diseases in Emergencies: A Call to Action. PLoS Curr. 2013 September.
• World Health Organization (2005) STEPS surveillance manual: the WHO STEPwise approach to chronic disease risk factor surveillance. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2005.

Teaching method

Theoretical and theory classes and seminars, with debate, in which the basic concepts to teach, will be transmitted with audio-visual support. Interpretation of problems and information taking into account the knowledge acquired in theoretical classes.

Evaluation method

Students with at least 2/3 of frequency, will be evaluated based on an essay. In about 2,000 words, the student must, about a chronic illness, elaborate on their epidemiological characteristics, health services and treatment in the context of high- and low-income countries.

Subject matter

I. Concepts and technical terms. Types of non-communicable diseases. Epidemiology, morbidity and mortality associated with these diseases in low and middle as high income countries.
II. Clinic of cosmopolitan diseases in the tropics.
III. Risk factors and determinants of non-communicable diseases. Direct and indirect costs attributed to these diseases. Strategies for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.


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