Primary Care in Low Resource Settings (MIPH5134)


This unit of study is designed for students who have completed or are working towards a health degree. It will assume some clinical background knowledge and aims to prepare students to a basic level for applying public health principles in low resource primary health care settings. The course will introduce and revise the fundamental aspects of effective primary health care, define different aspects of low-resource settings (health system, healthcare worker, patient factors etc) and their effect on knowledge translation. The key learning component will comprise a series of problems which will be solved in online groups and supported by guest lecturers, tutors and resources. Problems will include low-income country settings but also resource-challenged settings due to remoteness and/or socioeconomic and other disadvantage. Students will be expected to be self-directed adult learners during this unit. This unit of study can be combined with MIPH5004 International Health Independent Study 1 (2crp) for a total of 6 credit points.

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On-line over 7 weeks or 4x1 day face to face workshop plus online sessions.
Online mini-lectures and readings available for 1-2 hours per week; Group work online 2 hours per week


Formative assessment: Abstract of 250 words (10%), Contribution to group learning (20%), 2000 word case submission (70%).

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.