Course Description for Chronic Disease Epidemiology

PHC6003: Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Prerequisite:  HSC 6505 or APK 6336
Description: This advanced epidemiology course is intended to be a survey of the major chronic diseases and related risk factors with emphasis on recent epidemiology research and findings. Lectures will introduce the burden of chronic illnesses and will lead into specific diseases that are prevalent in western societies. Each chronic disease will include a discussion on the epidemiologic features including demographics, risk factors, prevention, treatment, early detection, and control of the disease. The specific chronic diseases that will be discussed are: cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, diabetes, arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases, and chronic neurologic disorders. The specific related risk factors that will be discussed are tobacco use, alcohol use, physical inactivity, diet and nutrition, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.