Primary Healthcare in Developing Countries – HLTH 622

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course addresses the delivery of essential healthcare to individuals, families and communities in lesser economically developed countries. Emphasis is on the utilization of community healthcare worker schemes and appropriate technology.




Infectious diseases, malnutrition, and complications of pregnancy continue to contribute to excess morbidity and mortality throughout developing regions of the world. This course evaluates the determinants of these health problems and investigates strategies to address them. The course will also discuss healthcare financing and sustainability in the context of underserved, impoverished people groups.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Assess basic healthcare needs in a developing country.
  2. Determine the most cost-effective means for basic healthcare delivery in an underserved area.
  3. Design low-cost clinical venues to maximize patient flow and enhance healthcare delivery.
  4. Differentiate between vertical and horizontal healthcare delivery systems.
  5. Discuss the importance of direct observational therapy for TB.
  6. Discuss training strategies for village health workers.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found  in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each student will then add a rebuttal to 3 classmates as well, resulting in 6 total replies. Each reply must be 250 words.

Proposal Paper


The student will create a detailed Logframe for the Final Submission on the Research Paper.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will research at least 10 scholarly journal resources that are no more than 5 years old. The student will cite the resources in current AMA format.

Final Submission

The student will write a 10-page research-based paper in current AMA format that focuses on the design of a primary health program to meet the maternal and child health needs of an underdeveloped village. The program must include policy content to fit within the national policies of the country setting of the village The paper must include at least 10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.


Quizzes (8)

Each reading quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10–15 multiple-choice, true/false, and 1 short-answer essay questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.