This unit of study is designed for students who have completed or are working towards a health degree. It assumes some clinical background knowledge and aims to prepare students to a basic level for applying public health principles in low resource primary healthcare settings. In the past, students with a non-clinical background have successfully completed this unit and there are no pre-requisites. 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 or face-to-face 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 (2cp) for a total of 6 credit points.Students can choose to do this course either by face-to-face or distance mode.
Online mini-lectures and readings available for 1-2 hours per week; group work online 2 hours per week. Face-to-face mode is delivered via 4 x 1 day workshops.
Formative assessment: abstract of 250 words (10%); contribution to group learning (20%); 2000 word case submission (70%)
Can be completed in either on-line or face to face mode