Disease in the Developing World
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course discusses the problems posed by diseases that are specifically tropical or ones that stem from deficiencies in water supply and sanitation provision. The approach adopted is an ecological one and gives particular attention to control through habitat modification and technology transfer.
Topics to be discussed:
- Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes
- Diseases transmitted by ticks and mites
- Diseases transmitted to man from other mammals
- The heath implications of faulty water supplies and poor sanitation
- Disorders associated with malnutrition and the environmental background to these problems
- Regional case histories illustrating the role of habitat alterations, educational programmes and medical interventions in disease control
- Travellers’ health; regulations and mechanisms for minimising health risks to travellers to Developing World countries
- Health problems following natural disasters
- The role of traditional medicine in local health care
Who is this course for?
Anyone who is interested in the problems posed by diseases that are specifically tropical, or ones that stem from deficiencies in water supply and sanitation provision.
Learning and Teaching
There will be lectures, discussions and case studies (20 hours).
A full range of visual aids will be employed and you will be given critical feedback on your written reports.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
During the course you may be asked to undertake a presentation, complete a report, and there will be a class test at the end of the course.
- Journal: – Social Science and Medicine
- Feachem, R.G., Bradley, D.J., Garelick, H. & Mara, D.D. (1983). Sanitation and Disease. Health Aspects of Excreta and Wastewater Management. John Wiley, Chichester.
- Werner, D.B. & Bower, B.L. (1982). Helping Health Workers Learn. The Hesperian Foundation, Palo Alto, California.
- Manson-Bahr, P.E.C. & Apted, F.I.C. (1982). Manson’s Tropical Diseases. Ballière Tindall, London.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.