Primary Healthcare in Developing Countries – HLTH 622

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/07/2023

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words.

Proposal Paper Assignments (4)

Presentation Assignment

The student will create a 10 slide minimum power point presentation, including visuals and supporting sources, describing the country and region for the proposal program.

Logframe Assignment

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

Structured Abstract Assignment

The student will write a 250-300 word structured abstract in AMA format.

Final Submission Assignment

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 Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and 1 essay questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.