Primary Healthcare and Global Health Course


This course provides an overview of the history, principles and practice of primary health care in developing countries. It also examines how health systems, especially at the local level can be strengthened and provides an overview of international aid in the health sector, including the global agencies (such as WHO or the Global Fund) active in this arena.


  • Describing the principles and elements of primary health care
  • Explaining how primary health care has evolved and the issues that have shaped its development
  • Outlining important cross-cutting issues in PHC and the role of primary health care in health systems strengthening
  • Describing the importance, variety and roles of community health workers and peripheral service delivery in primary health care
  • Describe the strategies taken to maximise the likelihood of PHC succeeding as a health care system at community, district and country levels
  • Explain the role of global agencies, aid programs and other international health interventions in primary health care services
  • Outline the role of community knowledge, attitudes, and practices and health care seeking behaviours in primary health care
  • Summarise important issues in the financing of primary health care
  • Demonstrate how PHC principles and practices may apply to current global health issues including control of communicable diseases (including HIV infection), urbanisation, ageing and chronic diseases.

Find out more about this and other Burnet Institute Master of Public Health units and short courses in international health.

Date & Time

00:00, 14 August 2017 – 00:00, 18 August 2017


Burnet Institute
85 Commercial Road,
Melbourne. VIC 3004

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$990 AUD (Individuals) $825 AUD (ACFID Members) Includes tuition and course materials; but excludes travel, accommodation, health cover, visas and other expenses.

Contact Details

For more information about this event, please contact:

Sieyin Phung

Project Manager, and Education & Training