Continuing professional development 

General Practice & Primary Care Online distance learning

Noncommunicable Disease and Multimorbidity in Primary Care MED5442

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

In the context of an ageing population, one of the biggest challenges facing primary healthcare is managing both physical and mental noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the consequences of living with multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity). Understanding the pressures and potential solutions for systems of care will enhance the healthcare capacity to meet this challenge both at an organisational and healthcare professional level.


This course is made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials in semester 1.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





■ 2500 word essay (60% of final grade)

■ Coursework tasks including short writing and presentation tasks (40% of final grade)

Course Aims

This course aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in and contribute to the current debate around the future care of people with physical and mental long-term conditions and to encourage students to explore strategies that will contribute to the management of multimorbidity.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Synthesize and discuss the population context of the management of mental and physical noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and multimorbidity across a range of international settings.

2. Critically assess recent developments in the management of mental and physical NCDs / multimorbidity and analyse and evaluate the drivers of change across a range of international settings.

3. Analyse the key components of effective management programmes for mental and physical NCDs / multimorbidity and consider the challenges in different types of populations.

4. Compare, contrast and critically evaluate different models of NCD management and their appropriateness for the management of people living with multimorbidity in different countries, economies and cultures.

5. Consider and critically evaluate the challenges of NCD / multimorbidity management and assess potential solutions across a range of international settings.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.