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  • Evidence based prevention

    Non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung conditions, represent a significant burden of disease, in addition to disability and social problems, for both the developed and the developing world. Lifestyle behaviours such as drinking, smoking, diet and exercise are the most significant contributor to non-communicable diseases, and the developmental context for these behaviours is a key focus for science, policy and practice regarding children, young people and families.

    Policy makers, clinicians, public and behavioural experts and health and social care workers are therefore becoming increasingly interested in how to develop and deliver evidence based prevention policy and practice. It is therefore crucial to strengthen the links between prevention science and public health and social care. This module will cover the accumulated scientific knowledge from prevention research that has direct relevance to the development of prevention policy and practice at local, national and international levels. The three major goals of the course are to provide an objective analytical basis on which to build relevant policies, to inform practitioners who have responsibility for prevention programming and delivery in local communities, and to establish a basis for further research into prevention effectiveness.