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Design and Planning of Primary Health Care Projects

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Gilbert Burnham

This course is designed to help participants be able to design and implement a Primary Health Care (PHC) project in low and middle income countries (LMICs). This will help you understand all the components of a project, but also to understand how these are packaged to respond to a donor agency's request for proposals, addressing the common donor stipulations. Designing a PHC project is a very common activity in international health. Even if your career will not be directing you to this activity, you will very likely be reviewing the proposals of others or writing requests for proposals (RFA), If you see these in your future, then this course will help you.

Provides students an opportunity to learn the components for developing a proposal for primary health care program. This includes elements of costing human resources, financial management, training and supervision, and other basic components of primary health care management. Students practice developing the typical components of a project proposal.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the need for a project to improve health services or introduce new approaches or interventions
  2. Conduct a 30-cluster household survey to substantiate and quantify needs identified
  3. Write realistic, appropriate and measurable project objectives
  4. Develop an implementation strategy for a primary health care project
  5. Develop a Human Resources plan and to manage project personnel
  6. Create a health monitoring and evaluation component for the project
  7. Write a budget and the narrative summary for the project you have designed
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Midterm
  • 40% Final Project
  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Quizzes

Enrollment Restriction:

Only students in MAS students in GHPM, Community-based PHCPGH, HH, and Certificate in GHP allowed

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Only students in MAS students in GHPM, Community-based PHCPGH, HH, and Certificate in GHP allowed