Primary Health Care, Jamkhed, India

Subject POPH90137 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is delivered in partnership with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), Jamkhed India. It is a 3-week residential course in India that includes lectures, small group activities and field trips (approximately 80+ contact hours).
Total Time Commitment:

In addition to the stated contact hours, students are expected to spend at least 30 hours in private study for this subject.





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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website.


Dr Matthew Reeve


Nossal Institute for Global Health
Alan Gilbert Building
Level 4, 161 Barry Street
Tel: +61 3 8344 0912
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Academic Programs Office
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Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Subject Overview:

This subject will provide students with the opportunity to learn about primary health care within the context of a primary health program in a low income setting in India. Students will learn about the principles of health policy development and program management of communities in developing countries. An overview of the history, principles and practice of primary health care in developing countries, as well as the key elements and practical applications of project design, implementation and evaluation will be provided. Students will have opportunities to observe a world-renowned primary health care program including field visits with village health workers, learning with men's and women's groups and observation of village health worker training.


At the end of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Outline the principles of community based primary health care;
  • Describe the principles of working with communities to identify and address health needs;
  • Describe the steps required to undertake a multisectoral approach to meeting a community’s identified health problem;
  • Outline the steps required for the selection, training and support of village health workers;
  • Construct a monitoring and evaluation framework for a PHC project.

Participation forms 20% of the overall mark, and students will be required to develop and present a project proposal to address a particular health setting during their time at Jamkhed. In addition a written 1000 word reflection completed while at Jamkhed, that addresses an aspect of CRHP’s program (20%)
and an essay of 3,000-words is due six weeks after the coursework is completed (60%).

Prescribed Texts:

A set of resources will be provided.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:


Links to further information:

Special Note: This is a quota subject with limited places available. Students must contact the Nossal Institute directly for approval to enrol. Students are responsible for the cost of airfares, visas and insurance and to pay the Nossal Institute, prior to travel, the additional costs of field trips, accommodation and food at Jamkhed (contact Ms Shyamali Larsen for details: or tel 8344 0912).

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
100 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
150 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
Global Health
Public Health

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