Chronic Diseases in Low- and Middle- Income Countries

Course begins on January 21, 2020 (Third Term)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Online Course
Baltimore, MD 21205, USA

Course Director:

  • William Checkley, MD, PhD

Course Coordinator:

  • Savannah Robinson, MSc

Mission Statement: There is a substantial knowledge gap at the present time regarding the prevalence, risk factors and management of many chronic, non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries as they transition from having major mortality and morbidity rates in infectious diseases to having increased rates of COPD, asthma, cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, hypertension and diabetes among others.  This course aims to educate students interested in understanding this vital shift, and will review the prevalence, risk factors and management of the most important chronic diseases.

Description of Course Content: This course is designed to introduce students to the major chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries.  Lectures will detail specific chronic diseases, stressing such areas as significance, prevention, diagnosis, management and implementation of control measures.  Sessions will include both traditional lectures and case studies.  This course is aimed at students who are interested in working in research programs and international organizations and who seek to have a basic foundation of the epidemiology and challenges in the management of chronic diseases in low- and middle- income countries.  Student evaluation will include exams and class participation.  (4 academic credits). 

Audience: This course is designed for students interested in studying transitional diseases in low- and middle-income countries with an emphasis on non-communicable diseases.

Dates: January 21, 2020 to March 13, 2020

Course Faculty: The lectures will be taught by experts in the field from governmental agencies and academic institutions, including faculty from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Prerequisites: Bachelor degree and pursuing or earned higher degree in fields such as medicine, nursing, engineering, biological/social sciences. Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.

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