Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
505 FETP: Chronic Disease Epidemiology
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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
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Layout
501 FETP: Principles of Epidemiology 502 FETP: Bio-statistics 503 FETP: Epidemiologic Application of Microcomputers 504 FETP: Infectious Disease Epidemiology 505 FETP: Chronic Disease Epidemiology 506 FETP: Scientific Writing and Report Preparation 507 FETP: Public Health Programs 508 FETP: Seminars in Epidemiology I 509 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy II 510 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy III
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Unit
511 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy IV 512 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy V 513 FETP: Epidimiology Practice I 514 FETP: Epidimiology Practice II 515 FETP: Epidimiology Practice III 516 FETP: Epidimiology Practice IV 517 FETP: Epidimiology Practice V 518 FETP: Outbreak Investigations I 519 FETP: Outbreak Investigations II 520 FETP: Outbreak Investigations III
521 FETP: Outbreak Investigations IV 522 FETP: Surveillance Systems I 523 FETP: Surveillance Systems II 524 FETP: Surveillance Systems III 525 FETP: Surveillance Systems IV 526 FETP: Long Term Project 527 FETP: Scientific Presentations II 528 FETP: Scientific Presentations I 529 FETP: Training Activities I 530 FETP: Training Activities II