Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This Unit will provide students with a more detailed understanding of contemporary population health risks and challenges posed by chronic or non-communicable disease of public health significance in Australia, the Region and Globally.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Define the concept of chronic or non-communicable diseases

2. Discuss the epidemiologic, nutritional and disease transitions impacting the burden of chronic diseases

3. Identify and describe the impact and contribution of different risk factors in the chronic disease epidemic

4. Discuss some main types of chronic diseases and injuries in terms of their: i) Aetiology ii) Burden of disease iii) Risk factors iv) Prevention and control measures

5. Appraise different levels of prevention strategies (primary, secondary, tertiary) for chronic diseases

6. Describe, critically assess and review different upstream, midstream and downstream (evidence-based) interventions/responses to specific chronic diseases

7. Prepare some evidence-based recommendations for effective control of some specific risk factors and chronic diseases


Introduction to Chronic Diseases and injury followed by tutorials on:

  1. Tobacco and Tobacco use in Chronic Disease,
  2. Nutrition and Chronic Disease,
  3. Physical Activity in Chronic Diseases,
  4. Drugs, Alcohol and Substance Use Control,
  5. Cancer Control,
  6. Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease Control,
  7. Diabetes Control,
  8. Injury Control,
  9. Mental Health,
  10. Co-morbidity and Iatrogenic Disease.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Online Learning Activity: Participation in online discussions

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lecture/tutorial 2 hours per week for one semester for on-campus students; online delivery with provision of course notes supplemented by electronic discussions for distance learning students.


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.