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Department: International Health
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Henry Perry
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Introduces students to the origins and recent advances in community-oriented primary health care through case studies from both developing and developed countries. Like clinical bedside teaching, the course uses real cases to help students develop problem-solving skills in practical situations. Program examples included all use community participatory and community-based approaches to address priority health problems. There is a strong focus on equity and empowerment in all cases discussed.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
• Describe frameworks and examples of community-oriented primary health care, both classical examples as well as recent examples
• Demonstrate practical methods of promoting participatory activities in communities and action groups
• Discuss practical techniques for developing partnerships to improve bottom-up participation of communities, top-down support by officials, and outside-in facilitation by technical advisors and civil society organizations
• Explore in depth and be able to describe concepts of equity, sustainability, scaling up, community empowerment and challenges in promoting changes in behaviors and social norms
• Describe strategies of multi-sectoral collaboration and integration with health services
• Discuss participatory methods in building community capacity to solve priority problems in varied health care settings
• Incorporate lessons from case studies for the students’ own future work and teaching

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on discussion, participation and a final paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 35
Instructor Consent: No consent required


Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail