Chronic Care in Global Health course - PBHL533

Logo: Foundation for Advanced Education in the SciencesThe course Chronic Care in Global Health will be offered in the Spring of 2018 by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at NIH. Learn how chronic, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) present an urgent and growing global public health concern worldwide.

Each week esteemed leadership and subject matter experts from NIH Institutes and Centers, NGOs and universities present lectures and case studies. Fogarty's Center for Global Health Studies and USAID staff serve as moderators.

Registration Information

About the Course

  • The course is open to everyone, not only to NIH staff.
  • There are no prerequisites.
  • Tuition is $320 for the Spring 2018 semester, payable to FAES.
  • The course consists of weekly Monday evening classes from January through May. Classes are held on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. (View NIH Visitor Information.)

Course Description

Which diseases account for the greatest number of deaths in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? As best stated in a recent report from the Council on Foreign Relations the "gravest health threats facing low- and middle-income countries are not the plagues, parasites, and blights that dominate the news cycle and international relief efforts. They are the everyday diseases the international community understands and could address, but fails to take action against […] cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have emerged as the leading cause of death and disability in developing countries. […] The chronic nature of NCDs means patients are sick and suffer longer and require more medical care. The resulting economic costs are high and escalating." The picture gets even more complicated because the lines between chronic and acute diseases and infectious and NCDs have become blurred; for example, HIV/AIDS, once an acute and deadly infectious disease, is now a chronic disease.

This course will focus on chronic disease burden, preventative interventions, and care in LMICs. It will include views from scientists working on various aspects of the disease, implementers who have worked in LMICs and have on-the-ground healthcare experience and science-policy advisors from various USG agencies. Using case studies, students will discuss chronic disease prevention and care interventions that have been implemented in LMICs by addressing both the disease and its risk factors. Scientific literature will be drawn upon to help students understand cutting-edge research in the field.

Course Objectives

  • Understand and be able to describe the health burden of chronic diseases in LMICs
  • Discuss how existing healthcare platforms and resources in LMICs currently address chronic diseases and how they can be strengthened/reoriented/leveraged to accomplish this task
  • Explore outstanding gaps in research and implementation of chronic care in LMICs.

Updated December 2017