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Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Causes of Disease

Learn the epidemiological methods used to understand the causes of diseases and how social factors influence their development.

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Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Causes of Disease

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This course is part of the Causes of Human Disease program, which will enable you to learn about the science behind the causes of human disease, and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds..

Discover epidemiology: the study of diseases.

What causes human disease? Why do some people get a disease but others don’t? Through this course, you’ll learn how epidemiologists are helping to find answers to these complex questions and how the health of a population is measured and analysed. By looking at stimulating case studies, you’ll explore how the social determinants of health contribute to human disease and how health inequalities exist. You will then look at health inequalities across the globe and investigate how and why different socioeconomic factors determine human health.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsI'm Dr. Tracey Farragher, a lecturer public health epidemiology. And epidemiology is around understanding diseases and inequalities in the conditions across maybe a population. And that's what this course is really about. Trying to understand how we look at associations between risk factors and diseases. And some of the common risk factors, such as social inequalities. So why did different groups of people have different lifestyle factors? So some areas are more likely to smoke, drink heavily, have poor diet, but we try and look at those socioeconomic factors that might drive an individual's risk of having those lifestyle factors. So we're looking at what we call upstream.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsIn the course, we're going to look at it from a UK perspective. But we're going to bring lots of examples of the global perspective. And in the final section of the course, we're going to look at the inequalities in health across the globe, because different conditions are more prevalent in different areas of the world. This course is really for a wide range of people. For example, those that are interested in health stories that they might see in the newspapers, that they're interested in their own health. But also trying to understand why there might be inequalities in health or trying to understand why government policies might be helping or not helping to improve inequalities in health.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The main processes in understanding the structure of a population and its impact on a country’s health.
  • Key indicators used to monitor the health status of populations and the distribution of diseases.
  • Analytical epidemiology and how evidence is used to understand causes of human disease at the population level.
  • Risk factors for specific health conditions.
  • Social determinants of health that contribute to the causes of disease.
  • Socio-economic factors and health inequalities.
  • The life course approach to the study of risk factors and the causes of disease.
  • Key features and differences of global patterns of disease.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain how evidence is gathered through epidemiology to measure the health of the population and understand causes of human disease.
  • Discuss the social and environmental factors that contribute to causes of disease and poor health.
  • Summarise key features and differences of global patterns of disease with a focus on health inequalities.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science behind causes of human disease and medicine. No previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in nursing, healthcare or social care, or just wish to learn more, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

Who will you learn with?

Tracey Farragher

I am Lecturer in Public Health Epidemiology at the University of Leeds. For more information see: https://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/profile/600/482/tracey_farragher

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

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  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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