Facing the NCD Epidemic in Low and Middle Income Countries: From Data to Service Delivery

Kliniken &… Institute Heidelberger Institut… Teaching Short Courses Short Courses in… Facing the NCD Epidemic…
  • Tuition Fees: General Admission €750, tropEd €500
  • 1-week course equals 60 hours of student investment time (30 hrs of lectures/contact time, 15 hrs of group work and presentations, 15 hrs of self-directed learning), TropEd students can earn 2 ECTS points
  • Open to: tropEd students, public health professionals and other health professionals

Entry Requirements

This Course is held in English. Course participants should have excellent command/high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English. Some experience with the writing of project proposals is helpful.

Content Overview

Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease are the major non-communicable diseases (NCD) which account for about 70% of all deaths worldwide. This NCD burden is not restricted to high income countries anymore. Nowadays, almost 75% of the global NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). More and more LMICs are facing major changes in their disease pattern. The improving control of infectious diseases results in a higher life expectancy which together with rapid lifestyle changes leads to an increase of chronic conditions and diseases. This transition bears extreme challenges for health policy and the health systems. Prevention and service delivery are key to address the NCD burden especially in LMICs.

Course Topics

  • Situational analysis of NCD burden and trends (including risk factors) in the home countries of the participants (theory and practical)
  • Comparison of international guidelines and national NCD strategic plans and the status of transfer into practice (exemplary on one/two specific NCD aspect(s))
  • NCD and human and financial resources, NCD financing
  • Three pillars of NCD service delivery: capacity building, NCD services, NCD data generation (availability and quality)
  • implementation/integration strategies
  • Best practice examples

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course he participants should be able to:

  • develop evidence-based models for NCD service delivery
  • critically appraise (local) evidence of NCD burden and availability and quality of respective data
  • identify main challenges in and formulate strategies (capacity building, data generation, service implementation) for NCD service delivery in low- and middle-income countries
  • assess the applicability of international NCD guidelines in local sett

Schedule & Certification

Most of the short courses require full-time attendance from Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5 pm. Of Fridays courses generally finish around noon If not stated otherwise, all classes and activities will also run on public holidays.

Students and course participants must attend full-time and successtully complete all the assessment components in order to receive a certificate of attendance or a grade report from Heidelberg University. tropEd students will be able to credit short courses towards the Master's programme at their home institution.

Course Fee

  • General Admittance: € 750.-
  • tropEd students: € 500.-

Included in the course fee is a non-refundable registration fee of € 200.-
Please register as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited.
Unfortunately, no Scholarships are available.
If the participant withdraws from the course

  • less than 6 weeks prior: 25 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 4 weeks prior: 50 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 2 weeks prior: the whole course fee will be charged.

The tuition fee does not include accommodation, insurance or other personal living costs during the stay.


For any questions please contact our short course programme team:

Anne-Kathrin Fabricius, M.A.
Short Course Programme Manager
Tel: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 41 49

Ágnes Molnár, B.A.
Short Course Programme Assistant
Tel: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 46 48

Course Coordinators

Dr. Andreas Deckert, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University
PD Dr. Volker Winkler, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University