SGLK13012U NOT OFFERED IN 2015 - Ethnicity and chronic metabolic diseases in a global perspective

Volume 2015/2016
Master of Science in Global Health

The course content will be lecture/teaching modules in which the student will be encouraged to engage him/herself in discussions and to critically evaluate the scientific papers and content of teaching. The student will be exposed to lectures/teaching by lecturers/researchers who have first-hand knowledge of the subject in which they teach. The student should be prepared to read 2-3 articles/texts as preparation for each teaching module. Emphasis will be put on clinical and epidemiological studies, but will also include socio-economic and socio-demographic components where pertinent.

Learning Outcome

The course will give the student the following knowledge/​skills/​qualifications:

Based on common World Health Organization cut-off points of chronic metabolic diseases and risk factors – i.e. the concept of “one size fits all” – the student will achieve and be able to critically discuss basal knowledge of the terms ethnicity and race as well as metabolic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and obesity. This will also include how these diseases interact with communicable diseases such as malaria, TB and HIV. Furthermore, the student should critically be able to discuss the terms and chronic diseases in the context of low birth weight, high birth weight, migration, dietary intake, and physical activity as exposure variables. The terms and diseases also need to be discussed in a historical, current and future context. The student should also be able to critically evaluate the achieved knowledge in the context of ethnicity/race and metabolic disease as well as the modern health systems and the health consequences lack of knowledge/implementing of combining these may have for specific groups of individuals/people.

Basic knowledge in human biology
Lectures and class teachings
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 20
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Preparation
  • 117
  • Total
  • 138
Type of assessment
Oral examination
Oral exam based on a written synopsis that is handed in at the end of the course
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period
Criteria for exam assesment

In order to achieve the mark 12 the student must:

  • Convincingly be able to demonstrate knowledge of and critically discuss risk factors and cut-off values for chronic metabolic diseases
  • Convincingly be able to critically assess the terms race and ethnicity
  • Convincingly be able to combine the above mentioned diseases and terms in a historical, present and future perspective