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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 236-239

Curriculum development for a module on noncommunicable diseases for the master of public health program

1 Department of Community Health, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Physiology, Medical Education Unit, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Biochemistry, Medical Education Unit, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Anu Mary Oommen
Department of Community Health, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_148_15

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Background: As the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) has been rising globally, various educational programs have introduced chronic disease epidemiology teaching, which is now a component of most of the Master of Public Health (MPH) programs. However, the process of curriculum development for these courses has not been adequately documented for use by educators planning such courses. Methods: A detailed process of curriculum development based on David Kern's six-step approach was undertaken for a 2-week course on NCDs, as part of the MPH program of a tertiary institution in South India. The processes were documented so that the method of curriculum development for such a course could be made available for educators across this field. Results: The course on NCDs was carried out over 73 learning hours (2 weeks) for a group of MPH students including medical, dental, allied health, and nursing graduates. Evaluation of the revised curriculum at the end of the 2 weeks revealed that mean scores for knowledge and confidence in skills increased by 50% (11.1–16.6, t-test, P < 0.001) and 79% (3.3–5.9, t-test, P = 0.002), respectively, from baseline scores. Discussion: The revised curriculum was effective in improving knowledge and confidence in epidemiological skills. The documented process of curricular development using standard methods if made publicly available can be of use to those involved in planning similar educational programs for students of public health.

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