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Global Advances in Community-Oriented Primary Health Care

Course Status

East Baltimore
Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this course was held in a virtual/online format.
3rd Term
International Health
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year


We routinely waive the requirement for 220.601- Introduction to International Health. However, students are expected to understand and apply the basic concepts of public health, conduct a literature search on PubMed, and read public health journals.

·To help students clarify their own values and attitudes in developing partner relationships with communities and colleagues. ·To facilitate students’ abilities to understand participatory methods in building community capacity to solve priority problems in varied health care settings. ·To facilitate students’ abilities to scale up community-based successes from a local situation to general extension. ·To build on students’ prior experiences, so they can develop skills in learning how to use case studies in their own work and teaching.
Introduces students to the origins and recent advances in community-oriented primary health care through case studies from both developing and developed countries. Like hands-on clinical bedside teaching, uses real cases to help students develop problem-solving skills in practical situations. Program examples all use community participatory and community-based approaches to address priority health problems. Strong focuses on equity and empowerment in all cases discussed.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Examine critical concepts of equity, empowerment, community ownership/participation, cross-sectoral collaboration, sustainability, and scaling up
  2. Apply community oriented and PHC frameworks to existing community health programs
  3. Discuss practical methods to promote and support community participation to solve priority problems in varied health care settings
  4. Critique the role of global donors, local country-level leadership, civil society organizations in establishing policies that support COPHC
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 30% Reflection
  • 30% Participation
  • 40% Final Paper