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Advances in Community-Oriented Primary Health Care

3rd term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Henry Perry

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 include all use community-based approaches to address priority health problems. Focuses strongly on equity and empowerment in all cases discussed.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the key concepts of approaches to Community-Oriented Primary Health Care and illustrate their practical use in program implementation
  2. Demonstrate practical methods of promoting participatory activities in communities and action groups
  3. Comprehend the methods for examining the conditions and practical techniques for developing partnerships to improve bottom-up participation of communities, top-down support by officials and outside-in stimulation by experts
  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 multisectoral collaboration and integration within health services and demonstrate the methods for analysis of these strategies
  6. Identify successes and failures or weaknesses of each case study and describe the lessons learned from them
  7. Help students clarify their own values and attitudes in developing partnership relationships with communities and colleagues
  8. Discuss participatory methods in building community capacity to solve priority problems in varied health care settings
  9. Develop skills in learning how to use case studies in their own work and teaching
  10. Facilitate students' ability to scale up community-based succeses from a local situation to general extension
Methods of Assessment:

Completion of case study class assignments (30%), class participation (contributions to the Discussion Forum and participating in LiveTalk sessions) (30%), completion of a final paper (40%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required