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221.635.81 Case Studies in Primary Health Care

International Health
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Henry Perry
Course Instructors:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. • Describe frameworks and examples of community-oriented primary health care, both classical examples as well as recent examples
  2. • Demonstrate practical methods of promoting participatory activities in communities and action groups
  3. • 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
  4. • 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
  5. • Describe strategies of multi-sectoral collaboration and integration with health services
  6. • Discuss participatory methods in building community capacity to solve priority problems in varied health care settings
  7. • Incorporate lessons from case studies for the students’ own future work and teaching
Methods of Assessment:

Individual/group assignments; live talk participation

Enrollment Restriction:

Full-time MPH students excluded

Instructor Consent:

No consent required