Primary Health Care and Global Health

Subject POPH90131 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 23-Mar-2015 to 27-Mar-2015
Assessment Period End 01-May-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 24-Mar-2015
Census Date 03-Apr-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 17-Apr-2015

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 10-Aug-2015 to 14-Aug-2015
Assessment Period End 11-Sep-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Aug-2015
Census Date 21-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 28-Aug-2015

Please note this subject is taught at the Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne. LMS is not available for this subject.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 28 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students completing the following subject are not permitted to enrol in POPH90131:

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



Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Subject Overview:

This subject will cover the principles and practice of primary health care (PHC) in resource-poor settings, including: history, principles and key elements of PHC developmental contexts, community health workers and local health systems, PHC approaches to disease control, trends in international development for health, global agencies in health, PHC and local health systems, and current demographic and epidemiological trends affecting PHC.

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the history, principles and elements of primary health care (PHC) in developing countries;
  • Identify causes of poor community health in developing countries;
  • Outline a range of models for making health care accessible to different sectors of the community, the approaches taken to manage health services at all levels, and how PHC is adaptable to different settings;
  • Analyse a PHC management system and evaluate its likely effectiveness in coordinating health services.

Group presentation (approx 5 mins per person) (10%) 1,000 word individual reflection on group work (20%) and a 3,000-4,000-word essay (70%) due in week 11 for semester 1 and week 9 for semester 2

Prescribed Texts:

A book of readings will be provided.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral communication skills
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Written communication skills
Links to further information:

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Global Health
Public Health
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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