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The Master of Applied Science in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health is an interdisciplinary online degree. Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contribute to the program via course development, teaching, and advising students. The topics and concepts allow graduates to build a diverse skill set focusing on the design, analysis, implementation and evaluation of large-scale community-based primary health care programs.

Students will complete 50.5 credits to graduate. The program is designed to be completed in 8 academic terms - two academic years (Sept-May). In addition to the coursework, students must complete an Integrative Activity, where newly acquired knowledge and skills are used to create an applicable activity (e.g., identifying a problem in community-based primary health care and designing a solution, plan for implementation and evaluation method) – with a final paper that describes the methodology used and the final assessment.  


Program Competencies

By the end of the program, students will:

A. Core Global Health Practice Competencies

  1. Apply capacity building processes to global health programming in low and middle-income countries.
  2. Identify and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders whose active participation is required for successful global health programming at community, sub-national, national and regional levels.
  3. Apply ethical reasoning to the policy and programming decisions needed for designing and implementing global health programs in low and middle-income countries.
  4. Exhibit a health equity and social justice lens in the design and conduct of global health programs.
  5. Apply appropriate management processes in the design, implementation and evaluation of global health programs.
  6. Demonstrate social, cultural and political awareness of the context in which global health programming takes place.
  7. Conduct strategic analysis of factors that influence the success of global health programming.

B.    Community-Based Primary Health Care Competencies

  1. Use community-based approaches to address priority health problems through full participation of community members and groups
  2. Design and manage implementation of household surveys that yield relevant health and social data needed to plan community-based PHC programs
  3. Analyze local contexts and project implementation designs in order to develop evaluation plans that can be practically applied to community-based PHC programs in middle and low-resource settings
  4. Design a community-based primary health care program from the analysis through implementation to evaluation stages
  5. Prepare a training plan for front-line and community health workers involved in community-based PHC
  6. Conduct a detailed analysis of the demographic, epidemiological and social aspects of a major health need in a low- or middle-income country.

Curriculum Structure

Academic YearAcademic TermCurriculum
Year 1 Curriculum
(25 Credits)

Introduction to Online Learning (0 credits, required)

The Role of Qualitative Methods and Science in Describing and Assessing a Population’s Health* (.5 credits, required)


Academic and Research Ethics (0 credits, required)
Seminars in Public Health (2 credits)
Fundamentals in Global Health Practice (4 credits)

2Design and Planning of Primary Health Care Projects (4 credits)
Ethics in Global Health Practice (2 credits)
3Introduction to Epidemiology (4 credits)
Global Epidemiology Policies and Programs (3 credits)
4Statistical Concepts in Public Health 1 (3 credits)
Social and Cultural Basis for Community and Primary Programs (3 credits)
Year 2 Curriculum
(25 credits)

Health and Safety Preparation for Global Health Assignments (1 credit)
Essential Medicines, Commodities and Supplies Needed for Community Level Primary Health Care Interventions (2 credits)
Applying Evaluation to More Effectively Reach Communities Through Primary Health Care (3 credits)


Urban Primary Health Care in Low and Middle-Income Countries (3 credits)
Applying Household Surveys to Primary Health Care Programs (3 credits)


Professional Development Workshop: Writing for Results (2 credits)
Planning Training and Learning Programs for Community Health Workers (4 credits)

4Building Community Capacity for Primary Health Care in Low and Middle-Income Countries (3 credits)
Integrative Activity (4 credits)

* offered each year 1st, 2nd and 3rd term


Course Descriptions




Introduction to Online Learning is a free, mandatory prerequisite for all online courses offered. It’s open to prospective students and designed to give a thorough view into what the online experience on CoursePlus will be like. It also prepares students and faculty for success on the first day of class since everyone is already acclimated to the technology. Introduction to Online Learning will allow students to:

  • Ensure all tools and applications are properly installed
  • Troubleshoot any component that may not work properly
  • Experience the online tools for peer-to-peer and instructor communication
  • Become familiar with the coursework structure and learning management system

The course takes between 1-4 hours to complete, depending on your skills working online. With the notable exception of one LiveTalk, you can do the class work on your own schedule. For details on the course, including assignments and requirements for completion, please see the Syllabus page.

Ready to test-drive online courses at JHSPH? Register for this class. You can take this free course at any point before or during the application process!




Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.

* Total tuition using rates for the 2020-2021 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.