Skip Navigation

Course Directory

Advances in Community-Oriented Primary Health Care

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Meike Schleiff

220.601 We routinely waive the requirement for 220.601- Introduction to International Health. However, students are expected to understand and apply the basic concepts of public health, conduct a literature search on PubMed, and read public health journals.


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