The Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care in Developing Countries is an 18-unit program offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

The program can be undertaken part-time commencing in the semester one intake.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification and have their candidature approved by the Faculty Board.

The Graduate Certificate articulates with the Master of Public Health program and credit is normally given for appropriate topics completed in the graduate certificate.

Course aims

The Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care in Developing Countries aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to incorporate the principles of primary health care in order to reduce inequalities in health care access and health outcomes, with a focus on developing countries. 

Learning outcomes

At completion of the course students will have:

knowledge:

  • to understand the relevance of models of Primary Health Care and the social determinants of health in a range of real world and workplace problems

skills:

  • to analyse theoretical concepts relevant to the Primary Health Care approach, and the social determinants of health and well-being

application of knowledge and skills:

  • to apply the Primary Health Care approach and social determinants of health and well-being concepts aimed at improving health in developing countries. 

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care in Developing Countries a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP of better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Core - Year 1 topics

 PHCA9501  Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9514  Action on Social Determinants of Health  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9505  Primary Health Care Practice in Developing Countries  (9 units)

Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

  • the program must be completed within four consecutive semesters. A lesser period may be set for students granted credit for previous studies
  • no topic may be attempted more than twice.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 18 units or more, or the award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion, may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University''s Policy on Student Progress.