Diploma in Field Epidemiology Training Program (DFE)

505 FETP: Chronic Disease Epidemiology
To introduce the epidemiological aspects of chronic/ non-communicable diseases  of Public Health importance for
adapting effective control and prevention  strategies. This unit will strengthen the knowledge base of students in 
conducting epidemiologic investigation related to non-communicable diseases.
On completion of this unit, the student should be able to:
understand the epidemiological aspects of non-communicable diseases of Public  Health importance in Saudi Arabia
especially focusing on the preventable aspects
identify and adapt measures/strategies for prevention and control of these  diseases
describe the major NCD programs of Saudi Arabia

Course Outline:
Principles and methods of control of non-communicable disease control
Epidemiological factors related to causation, prevention and control of the  non-communicable diseases of Public
Health importance in Saudi Arabia and GCC  including
Chronic diseases like Diabetes mellitus, Coronary Heart Disease, Cancers,  Obesity
Occupational hazards
Life style and other health related behaviors including smoking, addiction,  exercise
Road side accidents
Non-communicable disease control programs of Saudi Arabia

Teaching Strategy:
The study strategy will consist of lectures and visits to offices of the  concerned health programs. The teaching will be
also be shared by external guest  speakers, where appropriate, to acquaint the residents with the current status  of
disease and its control program in the country.

Course Assessment:
The course will contribute 200 marks to the final evaluation. Assessment will be  based on
one written MCQ papers i.e. Paper III of 1st term examination 70% (140 marks)
one literature review assignment, on a designated topic in non-communicable  disease epidemiology 30% (60 marks)
Topics will be assigned to the residents by the end of 1st term and will be  submitted by the end of 2nd term. Final date
to be announced by the University  coordinator.
In case resident obtains less than 70% marks, he/she will be asked to revise and  resubmit the literature review till the
satisfaction of evaluators.
It will also be contribute to a significant portion of papers in final  comprehensive examination.
Field Epidemiology Training Program
Assistant Agency for Preventive Health, Agency for Public Health
Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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