International Health and Primary Health Care - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,950.00
International 3,200.00

Overview of international health, patterns of disease and health in developed and developing countries, resurgent and emergent diseases and the health impact of globalisation, climate change and militarism. Background and context of primary health care, health program policy, health and development, the sociocultural context of health and illness, the economics of health care, and health, community development and community participation. Common major health problems (diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections, malnutrition, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS epidemic), family planning and reproductive health.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. determine the economic, political and cultural factors contributing to the control of major diseases and illness in developing and developed countries
  2. critically examine the major patterns of morbidity and mortality in developed and developing countries
  3. appraise the particular health problems of deprived and isolated communities in both developed and developing countries
  4. critically review the characteristics, history and scope of primary health care with particular relevance to program policy, planning and evaluation in the control of major diseases and illnesses in developing and developed countries
  5. synthesise social science, epidemiological and biomedical approaches to analyse a primary health care program.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview of International health
2Patterns of disease and health in developed countries
3Resurgent and emergent diseases
4Health impact of globalisation and climate change
5The background and context of primary health care
6Models of health and illness
7Health program policy, planning and evaluation
8Health and development
9The socio-cultural context of health and illness
10The economics of health care
11Health and community development
12Community participation
13Health workers
14Common, major health problems
15The HIV/AIDS epidemic
16Immunisation, family planning & reproductive health

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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