International Health and Primary Health Care

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

This online unit from Open Universities Australia and Curtin University, provides any student of international health with a comprehensive overview of the major topics and themes relevant to modern global health care policy and provision.

Throughout this International Health and Primary Health Care unit you will touch on globally relevant subjects including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the importance of family planning provision, models of health and illness, and major health problems such as obesity and heart disease.

The unit will look at health care across both developed and developing countries; as you consider the economic, political and cultural factors that play a role in the prevention and treatment of various diseases – and the impact these factors have on national mortality rates.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit applicants must be accepted into one the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in International Health
  • Graduate Diploma in International Health

Areas of study

In this International Health and Primary Health Care unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Overview of International health
  • Patterns of disease and health in developed countries
  • Resurgent and emergent diseases
  • Health impact of globalisation and climate change
  • The background and context of primary health care
  • Models of health and illness
  • Health program policy, planning and evaluation
  • Health and development
  • The socio-cultural context of health and illness
  • The economics of health care
  • Health and community development
  • Community participation
  • Health workers
  • Common, major health problems
  • The HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • Immunisation, family planning and reproductive health

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in International Health, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in International Health, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit is vital for anyone wishing to pursue a career in international health, whether in practice or policy. The unit covers a wealth of topics, from morbidity and disease patterns to the role of community engagement in healthcare provision.

Once you have completed the unit you will understand how to critically examine and appraise major disease patterns in developed and developing countries. You will also understand the history of different primary healthcare systems, and the scope of their ability to effectively manage health care provision in different settings. Your in-depth understanding of the political, economic and social factors that have an impact on health care will be a valuable foundation for a career within public health and health policy development.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in International Health and Primary Health Care from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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