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Project Development for Primary Health Care in Developing Countries

East Baltimore
4th term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Gilbert Burnham

This course is designed to help course participants to design a health project in low and middle income country, compose and submit an effective proposal. This course is for you if you see the design and implementation of health projects in your future career. You should not take this course, if you have had great experience in the design of health projects already, or if you do not see you will be doing this type of work in the future. The design of projects in this class will be done through group work, the same way all projects are designed. If you are tired of group work, give this class a miss.

Focuses on the practical problems in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of primary health care programs in developing countries. Students design a primary health care program addressing community participation, needs assessment, training and supervision of Community Health Workers, approaches to sustainability, logistics of service delivery, monitoring, and evaluation, and presents the program to the class.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Understand the need for a project to improve health services or introduce new approaches or interventions
  2. Create a background section and problem statement which considers the cultural environment and traditional practices of a population which would need to be included in the project design and plans for its implementation
  3. Conduct a 30-cluster household survey to substantiate and quantify needs identified
  4. Write realistic, appropriate and measurable project objectives
  5. Develop an implementation strategy for a primary health care project
  6. Know how to develop a Human Resources plan and to manage project personnel
  7. Create a health monitoring and evaluation component for the project
  8. Write a budget and the narrative summary for the project you have designed
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Midterm exercise
  • 40% Final PHC proposal
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 20% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required