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Building Community Capacity for Primary Health Care in Low and Middle-Income Countries

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 Instructors:
Alain Koffi

This course, coming near the end of the MAS in Community Based PHC, reinforces an understanding of the origins and recent advances in community-oriented PHC through case studies from low- and middle-income countries. Focuses on problem-solving skills in practical situations by connecting case experiences with the contexts where students are working or will work in the future. Examines strategies and frameworks to assess and enhance community-based approaches to building community capacity. Explores current events and emerging opportunities and challenges for community based PHC.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe frameworks and their application in analyzing and strengthening participation in community based PHC
  2. Characterize practical methods of promoting participatory activities in communities, drawing from case examples
  3. Explore practical techniques for developing partnerships to improve community based primary health care
  4. Apply concepts of equity, sustainability, scaling up, community empowerment, and challenges in promoting changes in behaviors and social norms
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Assignments
  • 30% Discussion Board
  • 40% Final Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

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

Instructor Consent:

No consent required