Non-communicable diseases in Tropical Environment


After this unit, students should be able to:
1. Know the characteristics of the main non-communicable diseases and their determinants.
2. Know the strategies for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in low/middle income countries.
3.Know the characteristics of health systems to respond to the challenges of chronic diseases.

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


• WHO package of essential noncommunicable (PEN) disease interventions for primary health care. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
• WHO Noncommunicable diseases and mental health,
• Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Country Profiles,
• Voices of NCDI Poverty, The Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion ,
• The WHO Global Diabetes Compact,
• STEPwise Approach to NCD Risk Factor Surveillance (STEPS),
• 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

The assessment will consist of:
a) Thematic work, prepared in a group and with joint preparation with the responsible teacher.
b) Individual written test.
The final classification will consist of 2 parts: thematic group work 16 values; individual component 4.

Subject matter

I. The five major groups of non-communicable diseases: cardiovascular, neoplastic, chronic respiratory, diabetes, mental health and their determinants.
II. The five internationally prioritized risk factors: inadequate diet, low level of physical activity, alcohol abuse, smoking and air pollution.
III. Distribution of diseases, their risk factors and their impact on the world.
IV. Strategies for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
V. Characteristics of health systems to respond to the challenge of chronic diseases.


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