Non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are now the most common causes of death worldwide. Non-communicable casualties represent 60% of total mortality (approximately 38 million deaths annually).
NCD rates are increasing in low and middle income countries, primarily because of changes in lifestyle. NCD epidemiology involves risk factor identification, interventions to reduce disease burden, synthesis of individual studies as well as economic studies to help inform public policy. Our diversified Department is well positioned to play important roles in these multidisciplinary research activities.