Courses Catalogue

Public Health I [primary Health Care]

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

I) Lectures (30 hours)

i) Historical background of PHC program (6 hours)
a)      History of health services in Uganda.
b)      WHO‟s goal of health for all by year 2000.
c)      Alma Declaration
d)     Principles of PHC

ii) Elements of PHC (2 hours)

iii) Pillars of PHC (4 hours)
a)      Political commitment.
b)      Full  community  participation‟
c)      Appropriate technology
d)     Intersectoral collaboration

iv) The organization levels at which PHC is carried out (4 hours)
a)      National Level
b)      District  level
c)      Rural  health  facility  level
d)     Community level with emphasis on the Village Health team Concept

v) The concept of community Based Health Care (CBHC) - (4 hours)
a)      The role of community health worker (CHW) in PHC.
b)      Qualities of an effective   CHW.
c)      The common operation problems in implementing CBHC activities
d)     The roles of a clinical officer In CBHC

vi) Traditional healers and traditional practices of medicine (4 hours)
a)      Type of health problems   commonly handled by traditional healers e.g. infertility, etc.
b)      Types of traditionally   prepared medicine
c)      Mode  of  operations  of traditional  healers  (including  rituals);Collecting  medicine, Preserving  medicine, Administration  of  medicine
d)     Benefits of tradition healers to the community the possible dangers of traditional healer to the community.
e)      Views of public about traditional healers and professional medical worker.
f)       Identification of the  role  and  impact  of traditional  health practitioners   in the  promotion of health  and  prevention of  diseases.

v) Planning and implementing PHC activities (2 hours)

vi) Community diagnosis (4 hours)
a)      Definition
b)      Initiation
c)      Data collection and analysis
d)     Diagnosis
e)      Dissemination

II) Tutorials (10 Hours)
a)        The community entry process (2 hours)
b)        Designing a  community diagnosis data collection tool (2 hours)
c)        Data analysis programme -SPSS ( 6 hours)

III) Practicals (30 Hours)

Students to write a community diagnosis proposal, execute it and write a report.
a)      Community diagnosis proposal writing (5 hours)
b)      Data collection (10 hours)
c)      Data analysis (5 hours)
d)     Report writing (5 hours)
e)      Report presentation ( 5 hours)

Teaching-learning methods 
a)      Lectures
b)      Group discussion
c)      Field visits
d)     Role plays
e)      Case studies

Teaching-learning materials
a)      Whiteboards and Markers
b)      Flip Charts
c)      The Community
d)     Patients