7WLM0023 Communicable and Non-Communicable Conditions (Online)

About the course

This online course will enable you to: 

  • become knowledgeable of both the UK and global challenges of Communicable and Non-Communicable Conditions 
  • confidently analyse and understand data to inform future interventions aimed at improving public health 
  • apply academic subject knowledge to your own work-based setting and make links between your own learning and the strategic needs of your organisation. 

The course focuses on determinants of key communicable and non-communicable conditions and scrutinise how these may be mitigated against through the use of public health interventions. You will explore available evidence in order to determine appropriate national and international level of interventions across a range of healthcare systems. 

This course is taught by highly experienced academic specialists whose expertise lies in infectious diseases, vaccination and chronic diseases. 

For more information, please email our Online Degrees Team. 

The course offers the opportunity to pursue interests in either communicable or non-communicable conditions, which can support career development (see ‘further study’ section below). 

Who should attend this course? 

  • anyone working in health care, social care or similar public health service, who wants to enhance their conceptual underpinning and practical skills in order to improve individual and population health 
  • the course is tailored implicitly towards the needs of diverse health professionals including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, public health nurses 
  • for allied health, social care and environmental health professionals  
  • for the wider public health workforce in the non-governmental sector 
  • for those who are not ready to commit to the complete degree yet and would like to try one module to see how online study will fit around their work and life commitments. 

Course content 

This course will focus on the aetiology and determinants of a range of communicable and non-communicable conditions. The course will also highlight historical epidemiological trends in disease and evaluate likely future developments in relation to changing prevalence and emerging infections. The evidence base for vertical, horizontal and integrated system approaches to address the double burden of disease will be examined. 

Incorporating sociological, biological, psychological, and philosophical knowledge, this course aims to build upon the your existing understanding to comprehend a range of variables that impact upon health and wellbeing at a macro level. Drawing upon a multi-disciplinary perspective on health and healthcare, you will be provided with an opportunity to expand your understanding of healthcare beyond that of your own discipline. 

Further study 

For students who want to further develop and enhance their skills and knowledge in Communicable and Non-Communicable Conditions (CNCC) and public health, this course can also be used towards the following pathways: 

The Master of Public Health course has been validated by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). This is an independent international accreditation organisation, providing international and transparent recognition of the quality of the public health masters programme. 

Teaching methods

The course is delivered online, with live webinars, small groupwork, as well as use of audio and video resources to generate debate and discussion. 


The module is assessed through groupwork, reflective writing and a viva. 



Start DateEnd DateLink
18/01/202431/05/2024Apply online (Distance (Part Time))


Start DateEnd DateLink
18/01/202531/05/2025Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

Course fees

2022/23 price for 15 credits: £800

2022/23 price for 30 credits: £1600