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Design and Planning of Primary Health Care Projects

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Gilbert Burnham

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Take this course if you want to learn how to design and implement a Primary Health Care (PHC) project in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). This will help you understand all the components of a project, and to understand how these are packaged to respond to a donor agency's request for proposals, addressing the common donor stipulations. Designing PHC or community health projects is a very common activity in international health. Even if your career will not be directing you to this activity, you will very likely be reviewing the proposals of others or writing requests for proposals (RFA). If you see these in your future, then this course will help you.

Help participants to design a Primary Health Care (PHC) project in a low or middle-income country consider its implementation and evaluation. Selects one of several Request for Proposals (RFA) for a specific situation, conduct a needs assessment, create a problem statement, set goals and objectives, and a theory of change for this proposed project. In the course you will learn how to address community participation, human resources and their training and supervision, project information, approaches to sustainability, logistics of service delivery, project budgeting and financial management, monitoring, and evaluation, and finally close out of a project. Develops a proposal ready for submission to a donor that embodies your PHC project design responsive to the RFA at the conclusion.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain 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. 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
  • 40% Final Project
  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Quizzes

Enrollment Restriction:

This section is ONLY for students in MPH, MSPH, DrPH and other non-OPAL programs. OPAL Certificate or MAS students should enroll in 604.621.86.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This section is ONLY for students in MPH, MSPH, DrPH and other non-OPAL programs. OPAL Certificate or MAS students should enroll in 604.621.86.