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How to Deliver Primary HealthCare Using a People-Centered Approach

Course Status

Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, June 12, 2023
End Date
Monday, June 12, 2023
Class Time(s)
Monday, 9:00am - 4:30pm
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
- How do we change health services to be more integrated? - Do you want to advance integrated people-centered primary health care? - Are you curious about how to integrate health services at the sub-national level?
Exposes students to the history of integrated people-centered health services, possible interventions to achieve integration, and considerations for planning at the sub-national level. Looks at how low and middle-income countries are undergoing epidemiologic, demographic, and economic transitions, at the same time as their health systems are facing an increase in the burden of disease, with the emerging prevalence of chronic conditions. Covers the COVID-19 pandemic which has exposed the weaknesses and fragmentation in primary healthcare systems across the world. Reimagines primary health care requiring a shift from fragmented health services toward people-centered integration. Answers the question: "How do we change health services to be more integrated?"
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss emerging primary health care challenges and primary health care reform efforts
  2. Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing health service fragmentation in primary health care
  3. Outline the opportunities and limits of integration as a primary health care reform strategy
  4. Develop a strategy to implement health services integration at the sub-national level
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 60% Participation
  • 40% Final Paper