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Advances in Community-Oriented Primary Health Care

3rd term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Meike Schleiff

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 hands-on clinical bedside teaching, the course uses real cases to help students develop problem-solving skills in practical situations. Program examples included in the course all use community participatory and community-based approaches to address priority health problems. Strongly focuses 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 current 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Participation
  • 30% Assignments
  • 40% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Undergraduate students should take the in-person course