About this Course
4.3
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This course is multidisciplinary in nature, and aims to equip the global audience of interested lay people, people with chronic disease, public health researchers, health clinicians, students, administrators, and researchers to reflect on the overall impact of the burden of chronic disease . It shows how all chronic diseases (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer) are related by a set of common causes, and that such diseases should be tackled, not individually, but as part of a complex system, with interrelated contributing factors. These factors are genetic, environmental, psychological, economic, social, developmental, and media related. The Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney is a unique interdisciplinary education and research hub which seeks solutions to chronic disease through a complex systems approach. Academics in many disciplines (in Science and Medicine, but also in Architecture, Humanities, Law etc) work in a collaborative fashion to produce novel solutions to the problems of chronic disease. All contributors and participants in this course are members of the Charles Perkins Centre and will speak from the unique interdisciplinary perspective that this Centre affords. The course will describe a complex systems approach as the most productive way to ease the burden of chronic disease. It then describes these diseases in detail, their risk factors, and the environmental and biological factors that have led to the current epidemic of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Finally, the solutions – and more importantly the process for finding solutions- is the subject of the last module. No one approach by itself can ever be the answer, and certainly not a simple diet and exercise approach. The entire course consists of 5 content modules, plus an extra module for completing assignments and discussions, and takes about 6 weeks to complete. Completion certificates are issued on the basis of participation in all 6 modules. What you'll learn: - How the Charles Perkins Centre recruits interdisciplinary teams to ease the burden of chronic disease - How a complex systems approach is necessary to provide solutions to a complex problem - The fundamentals of chronic disease research and where it is heading - The biggest risk factors for chronic disease and their global incidence - The biological, genetic, social, regulatory, and other influences that have inflated these risk factors - How to provide solutions globally for the reduction of chronic disease...
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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4 hours to complete

Module 1 – Setting the Scene

This module looks at the impact of the increasing incidence globally of non-communicable, or chronic, diseases and how the Charles Perkins Centre is developing a new approach to this complex challenge....
Reading
5 videos (Total 12 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Understanding NCDs2m
How can a multidisciplinary approach solve complex societal problems?3m
Solutions3m
Module 1 Summarym
Reading5 readings
Module 1 Reading listm
Preparation for Assignment 115m
A note on the weekly discussion topics...5m
The presenters10m
Contributors10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 115m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Module 2 - The Big Non-Communicable Diseases

This module outlines the five major non-communicable diseases, Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Cancer, and the many risk factors that they share....
Reading
9 videos (Total 42 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Cardiovascular disease7m
Secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease3m
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease4m
Diabetes Part 15m
Diabetes Part 27m
Obesity6m
Cancer2m
Module 2 Summary1m
Reading1 reading
Module 2 Reading listm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 220m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Module 3 - The key risk factors for chronic disease

In this module we look more closely at the main risk factors for the non-communicable diseases and at the impact our modern environment is having on the global burden of these preventable diseases....
Reading
8 videos (Total 40 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Physical activity5m
Diet7m
Tobacco6m
Alcohol6m
Sleep apnoea5m
Oral health4m
Module 3 Summary1m
Reading1 reading
Module 3 Reading listm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 315m

4

Section
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4 hours to complete

Module 4 - How did we get here?

This module will provide an overview of the main factors in our biology, our environment, our food production systems, and our human psychology that have made us susceptible to the chronic disease health crisis. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Our biology10m
Our food supply2m
Corporate interest3m
Corporate interests and nutrition6m
Our domestic environment5m
Module 4 Summary2m
Reading1 reading
Module 4 Reading listm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 430m
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Top Reviews

By LLNov 19th 2017

Very interesting and educational course. I would recommend it to anyone interested in chronic diseases or anyone who wants to live a healthy life.

By WFJan 28th 2018

Excellent course. Not too long, not too short. Useful for those with a scientific and non-scientific background.

Instructor

Stephen Simpson

Academic Director and Professor, School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Charles Perkins Centre

About The University of Sydney

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