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By Blythe Beecroft | 18 Nov, 2016


We are excited to announce a course on chronic care in global health is now being offered for the FAES Spring 2017 semester. Please pass this information along to anyone you know who may be interested!
To access the FAES Catalog of Courses, visit and look for PBHL 533 Chronic Care in Global Health.

Course Description
Which diseases account for the greatest number of deaths in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? As best stated in a recent report from the Council on Foreign Relations the “gravest health threats facing low- and middle-income countries are not the plagues, parasites, and blights that dominate the news cycle and international relief efforts. They are the everyday diseases the international community understands and could address, but fails to take action against […] cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have emerged as the leading cause of death and disability in developing countries. […] The chronic nature of NCDs means patients are sick and suffer longer and require more medical care. The resulting economic costs are high and escalating.” The picture gets even more complicated because the lines between chronic and acute diseases and infectious and NCDs have become blurred; for example, HIV/AIDS, once an acute and deadly infectious disease, is now a chronic disease.
This course will focus on chronic disease burden, preventative interventions, and care in LMICs. It will include views from scientists working on various aspects of the disease, implementers who have worked in LMICs and have on-the-ground healthcare experience and science-policy advisors from various USG agencies. Using case studies, students will discuss chronic disease prevention and care interventions that have been implemented in LMICs by addressing both the disease and its risk factors. Scientific literature will be drawn upon to help students understand cutting-edge research in the field.

Course objectives:
■ Understand and be able to describe the health burden of chronic diseases in LMICs
■ Discuss how existing healthcare platforms and resources in LMICs currently address chronic diseases and how they can be strengthened/reoriented/leveraged to accomplish this task
■ Explore outstanding gaps in research and implementation of chronic care in LMICs.

November 14 - January 27: Online Registration.
January 12: Open House (Bldg. 10, FAES Academic Center, 4:00 - 6:30 pm).
January 30 - February 17: Late Registration ($10 late fee per course applies).
January 30: Classes begin.
May 13: Classes end.

FAES Graduate School at NIH has an open-enrollment policy. Courses are open to all qualified persons in the NIH, other federal agencies, and the general public.

The fastest and easiest way to register and make a payment is at

$150 per credit, or $150-$450 per course (courses are 1-3 credits). Partial tuition scholarships are also available. For details, visit



Blythe Beecroft Replied at 4:07 PM, 18 Nov 2016

Also wanted to note the course is offered only locally on NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Jean Galiana Replied at 11:22 AM, 20 Nov 2016

Is the course offered in person or online?

JAFF Didymus Kidze Replied at 1:19 PM, 20 Nov 2016

It seems like this fee appears high for candidates who are really willing to participate but are from poorly indebted countries like Cameroon. Is there any free scholarship for this course?

Mulbah Tokpah Replied at 3:06 PM, 20 Nov 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,
Thanks for offering the course- Chronic Care in Global Health. I wish provision could be made for people like us hailing from resource poor countries in Africa to attend this all important course.. It is unfortunate that I have the ambition to attend but can not just afford the cost and expenses attached to this course. I hope provision will be made for us hailing from Africa and other areas with similar concern to attend this all- important course. Please help us with scholarship to enable us participate in this all- important course.

Mulbah M. Tokpah
From Liberia

HANAN SACA-HAZBOUN Replied at 10:35 PM, 20 Nov 2016

This course states 1 - 3 hours, thus how many hours of reading and study work a person need to complete the course work

Blythe Beecroft Replied at 10:24 AM, 22 Nov 2016

Thank you for your questions - again we are sorry but this course is only offered locally for those in the D.C. area, as classes are held in person on NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The course is run through FAES and according to their website "The FAES Graduate School Student Scholarship provides partial tuition remission scholarships to self-funded postbac/graduate or postdoctoral fellows." For more information look at their website here:
The only assignments for the course are readings and selected journal articles, which I would imagine would take at most 1-2 hours a week. Each student is in charge of leading one journal club on a relevant selected article.

Arthur Sherman Replied at 10:39 AM, 22 Nov 2016

Blythe-  Since there appears to be international demand, perhaps the instructors could be encouraged to make at least the syllabus and readings available on-line.  - Artie Sherman

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