Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Summer course on Growing Global Health Crisis at UMN

The University of Minnesota Summer Public Health Institute offers courses for everyone practicing or studying public health and its related fields. The Institute provides a space where innovation happens, allowing faculty and experts to create short courses that respond to current advances in their field.
 A Growing Global Health Crisis: Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries
Ben Capistrant
PubH 7200 Section 115 Class #88361
June 6 (9 am-12 pm)
June 7, 8 & 10 (8 am-12 pm)
1 credit or 15 CE contact hours
Once thought to be challenges for affluent countries alone, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have emerged as the leading cause of death and disability in developing countries. In 2013, these diseases killed eight million people before their sixtieth birthdays in these countries. Life expectancy has grown worldwide because of reductions in infectious disease and maternal and child mortality. However, much of these extra years of life are offset by lower health and quality of health because of NCDs. Population, environmental, economic and other social dynamics have changed the landscape of the kinds of daily routines, health behaviors and health risk factor exposures people face in low and middle-income countries. Air pollution, rising urbanization, higher prevalence of sedentary work environments, and dietary changes to western diets are some of the many shifts in lower and middle-income countries that facilitate higher risk for NCDs. The chronic nature of NCDs means patients are sick for longer and require more regular medical care. Given health system infrastructure in developing settings, regular access to quality medical care can be challenging and costly. The resulting economic costs of NCDs are high and escalating for individuals and their families – as well as for governments and private stakeholders. Unless urgent action is taken, this growing crisis will worsen in low- and middle-income countries and become even harder to address. Interdisciplinary, cost-effective, and scalable solutions are needed to offset this growing, new threat in developing countries. Effectively leveraging existing data on NCDs and existing interventions from higher income countries will be valuable skills to address NCDs in lower-resourced settings. Researchers and practitioners will need to understand the epidemiologic, social, health systems and policy implications NCDs pose to developing countries in order to improve global public health.
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