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Social & Cultural Basis for Community and Primary Health Programs

4th term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
William Brieger

Introduces students to the social and cultural aspects of global health programming at community, organizational, and policy levels. Utilizes social and behavioral theories to understand change processes and health program implementation with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries, and underserved populations. Identifies the factors that promote and inhibit community involvement in PHC program development and implementation. Provides a foundation for planning appropriate Primary Health Care (PHC) programs.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Outline the contributions of social and behavioral science theory in the planning and implementation of PHC programs
  2. Apply relevant social and behavioral theories to diagnose and discuss individual, social network, organizational, community, and policy-maker behaviors associated with the planning, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of community-based programs
  3. Identify the factors that promote and inhibit community involvement in PHC program development and implementation, and outline indigenous management strategies to sustain PHC at the community level
Methods of Assessment:

Quizzes: 10%
Interactive Discussion: 32%
Lab Assignments: 58%

Enrollment Restriction:

Only students in MAS students in Humanitarian Health, GHPM, Community-based PHCPGH, Pop Health Mgmt, and Certificate in GHP allowed

Instructor Consent:

No consent required