course ID: 1.4

Public health and health service interventions for the prevention and control of NCDs


The course addresses public health strategies to curb NCDs, and changes needed in the health care system, with regards to the most cost-effective, affordable and scalable interventions (“best buys”). The respective contributions of multisectoral public health interventions vs. changes needed within the health care system are identified and discussed. The focus is on discussing, exposing and contrasting the respective contributions of public health interventions targeting the whole population (relying largely on non-health actors) and measures to strengthen the health system (involving mainly health care actors and focusing on individuals at risk) toward NCD prevention and control.


At the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to define and describe Behavior Change Communication (BCC);
  • Know how to design communication for behavior change to maximize its effects;
  • Be familiar with the concepts, methods and applications of BCC;
  • Be able to describe the outcomes achieved with BCC, in what settings and under what conditions/contexts;
  • Be able to discuss important issues in using BCC, including its strengths and limitations to achieving behavior change.


Basic knowledge and experience in a medical or public health field. Interest for prevention and control of NCDs in low and middle income countries (although the issues discussed in the course are also fully relevant to high income countries). The course can also be of interest for persons involved in development programs in low and middle income countries that have a health component.

Kaspar Wyss


Professor and Head of Department of Swiss Centre for International Development at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (affiliated to University of Basel)

Pascal Bovet


Professor, University Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine & Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland