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Course Description

This course introduces students to the origins, concepts, and development of community-based primary health care through case studies from both developing and developed countries. As in clinical bedside teaching, we use real cases to help students develop problem-solving skills in practical situations. We also discuss participatory approaches in the organization and management of health services and other factors such as equity, socio-cultural change, environmental protection, and the process of community empowerment.

Overall Aims


This course is designed for students who expect to promote and participate in community-based programs. It is not appropriate for those whose interests are in basic research dealing with numbers rather than people.

The lectures will follow a textbook on community-based primary health care. Most lectures will focus on a case study or important concepts of community-based primary health care. For most case studies, there is additional background documentation available on the course Web site.

Course Objectives


The required textbook for the course is: Taylor-Ide, D & Taylor, C.E. (2002). Just and lasting change: When communities own their futures. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

A recommended textbook for the course is: Arole, M. & Arole, R. (1994). Jamkhed: A Comprehensive Rural Health Project. London: The MacMillan Press

Course Requirements

Course evaluationis based on three methods of judging student understanding of the cases and concepts: