New course on chronic disease


University of Sydney has launched a free online course about easing the burden of obesity, diabetes, cancer and CVD

The University’s Charles Perkins Centre has this week released a new massive open online course (MOOC) that focuses on the growing global epidemic of chronic disease.

There are five modules in the course, which will take about five weeks to complete.

Access to all materials is free, however participants can pay $65 to receive a Certificate at completion.

“Our new MOOC is for everyone interested in these chronic disease,” says Professor Steve Simpson, Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre.

“Just as our approach in the Charles Perkins Centre is multidisciplinary, this course is multidisciplinary in nature, delving into how these chronic diseases are related by a set of common causes, and how these diseases should be tackled, not individually, but as part of a complex system, with interrelated contributing factors,” he says.

“These factors are genetic, environmental, psychological, economic, social, developmental and media related, so the most productive way to ease the burden of chronic disease is through a complex systems approach.”

One of the assignments in the course will ask participants to create an action plan for either a patient if they are a health practitioner, or their community, or themselves, “so you’ll get experience in developing multidisciplinary plans that don’t just focus on medical solutions,” says Professor Simpson.

Register to enrol here.

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