Primary Health Care and Global Health

Subject POPH90131 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 07-Mar-2016 to 11-Mar-2016
Assessment Period End 02-May-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Mar-2016
Census Date 18-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 15-Apr-2016

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 15-Aug-2016 to 19-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 10-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Aug-2016
Census Date 26-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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


Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


Currently enrolled students:

Future Students:

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), held on the final day of teaching (10%)
  • 1,000 word individual reflection on group work, due 2 weeks after the first day of teaching (20%)
  • 3,000-4,000 word essay, due 5 weeks after the first day of teaching (70%)
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: Environment and Public Health
Global Health
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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