#HC-04-61 Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Causes of Disease

  • Categories Healthcare
  • Duration 20h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update July 26, 2021

About Course

University of Leeds


Discover epidemiology: the study of diseases.

What causes human disease? Why do some people get a disease but others don’t? Through this course, you’ll learn how epidemiologists are helping to find answers to these complex questions and how the health of a population is measured and analysed. By looking at stimulating case studies, you’ll explore how the social determinants of health contribute to human disease and how health inequalities exist. You will then look at health inequalities across the globe and investigate how and why different socioeconomic factors determine human health.


Who will you learn with?

Tracey Farragher

I am Lecturer in Public Health Epidemiology at the University of Leeds. For more information see: https://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/profile/600/482/tracey_farragher



Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

What Will I Learn?

  • Explain how evidence is gathered through epidemiology to measure the health of the population and understand causes of human disease.
  • Discuss the social and environmental factors that contribute to causes of disease and poor health.
  • Summarise key features and differences of global patterns of disease with a focus on health inequalities.

Topics for this course

16 Lessons20h


Welcome to Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Causes of Disease. This course explores two topics related to understanding the causes of human disease: the principles of population health, and the social determinants of health.
Introduction from Tracey VIDEO (04:20)00:00:00

Understanding human populations?

This activity explains the main processes in understanding the structure of a population and its impact on a country’s health.

Measuring health?

This activity describes the key indicators used to monitor the health status of populations and the distribution of diseases.

Analysing the risk factors?

This activity explains how evidence is gathered through analytical epidemiology to understand causes of human disease at a population level.


This revision activity is optional and is designed for those signed up for the Causes of Human Diseases program.


To close this week of the course, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the week and explore the Glossary.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science behind causes of human disease. No previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in nursing, healthcare or social care, or just wish to learn more, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.