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Control Strategies for Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases (CCND)

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How can disease control officers retain the strengths of their programs while moving ahead towards more integrated and sector-wide approaches?

Disease control refers to a broad package of strategies for controlling diseases, from primary prevention, health promotion, and health legislation to screening for early detection, treatment and rehabilitation. In order to choose the right strategies for a specific disease in a given situation, the health care manager needs to understand the context in which a disease arises, the factors contributing to its spread and the natural course of the disease. In this module, a number of diseases, both communicable and non-communicable (NCD), are used as models to demonstrate different aspects and principles of disease control. A wide variety of issues relevant to public health are discussed, such as malaria, tuberculosis, nutrition, smoking as well as refugee health care. Part of this module is carried out through interactive learning through Elevate, the online academy in health care.


At the end of the module students will be able to:

  • appraise and interpret research results on the epidemiology of communicable diseases (CDs) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and describe how they can inform relevant decision-making processes about control strategies
  • analyse and critically discuss different approaches and strategies used in disease control and formulate context-appropriate strategies to control one or more CDs and/or NCDs
  • compare and contrast the approaches to the control of communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases (i.e. behavioural, immunological, environmental, nutritional, service delivery) in relation to relevant levels of prevention
  • analyse and critically discuss strengths and weaknesses of specific disease control programmes or strategies (CD & NCD) in relation to integrated approaches of health systems development and current health reforms regarding the control of CDs & NCDs


  • refresher on basic concepts: Trends, high-risk populations, behavioural risk factors, transmission patterns, epidemic-endemic, infection-disease, etc.
  • approaches to the control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and similarities and differences between control strategies.
  • control strategies, such as: screening/case finding and case management, vaccination, adherence and retrieval of patients, prevention, monitoring & evaluation, surveillance, health promotion, environmental interventions, legislation/regulation etc.
  • malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, obesity
  • analysis and design of control programmes both at the level of health services and intersectorally, for both CDs & NCDs
  • implications and interactions between current health reforms and CD & NCD control strategies;
  • implications and interactions of policies of other sectors on disease control strategies.
  • role of communities in control of CDs and NCDs
  • health problems in the context of refugee camps

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Información sobre tarifas

Course fee: EUR 2.250 (This fee covers the course fee and study material. It does not include any other costs incurred like travel costs, insurance, visa, accommodation, daily expenses and others)

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There are scholarships available from the Orange Knowledge Fund (OKP) former NFP, for this course. Apply first to KIT for academic admission: by 23 September 2019. Application deadline for OKP scholarship: 28 October 2019

Summary practical information:

Course dates: 11-04-2022 to 04-05-2022
Duration: 3 weeks
KIT Application deadline other funding: 11-02-2022
ECTS: 4,5
Location: KIT, Amsterdam
Language: English
Course fee: € 2.250 (This fee covers the course fee and study material. It does not include any other costs incurred like travel costs, insurance, visa, accommodation, daily expenses and others)