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MPH 7105 Health Policy and Primary Health Care

Course Description

The course will give an overview of health care delivery systems in developed and developing countries. The course will provide participants with an understanding of the historical background, evolution, current debates, concepts, components and models of primary health care. Ugandan and international comparisons will be used to develop and illustrate themes of primary health care. The policy process, policy risk analysis and political mapping and the National Health Policy and strategic planning process will be discussed. Global Health Initiatives (GHI), globalisation and their implications for health policy will be covered.
The course will be structured to allow participants to take the viewpoint of various levels and players in the Ugandan health care system – as planners, managers, policy makers and evaluators.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Discuss the merits and demerits of “Selective PHC”, and “Comprehensive PHC”
  • Identify important tools and structures for the implementation of PHC.
  • Discuss the process of policy formulation analysis and involvement of stakeholders.
  • Describe principle aspects of the national health policy and strategic plan.
  • Discuss globalization in relation to international health agreements and their implications for health care.

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