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Essential Medicines, Commodities and Supplies Needed for Community Level Primary Health Care Interventions

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
William Brieger

Essential commodities are among the 8 basic primary health care services and the 6 health systems building blocks as defined by the World Health Organization

Primary health care programs in low and middle-income countries require essential health commodities be made available at the community level. Logistic systems need to be developed to ensure that commodities are adequately estimated and delivered. In addition, systems for safely maintaining and monitoring stocks are needed at the community level.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Provide examples of essential medicine formularies for primary health care is low- and middle-income countries
  2. Apply the steps in essential medicines, commodities and supplies procurement and supply in a sample country
  3. Describe the best safe practices for managing essential medicines, commodities and supplies at the community level
Methods of Assessment:

Quizzes: 20%; Case study development: 80%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in MAS in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health

Instructor Consent:

No consent required