Family Medicine and Primary Care in the Global Health Context



The World Health Organization (2008) among others has identified primary health care as the pathway of choice for achieving health equity and responding to today’s global health challenges. Family medicine is a key element of primary health care. Family Medicine and Primary Care in the Global Health Context is intended to provide an overview of key issues pertinent to the strengthening and delivery of primary care and family medicine around the world while highlighting specifically, based on a review of the evidence, how family medicine can impact global health locally and globally. A key focus of the course will be the history and evolution of primary care, within a broader social policy context as well as a comparative analysis of case studies from around the world, including the Americas, Africa, Asia, Gulf States & the Middle East.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evolution of primary care within a broader social policy context
  2. Compare the development of primary care and family medicine in different countries and regions
  3. Analyze the role of family medicine and primary care in responding to global health challenges

Format: Lecture / Seminar


Participation: 10%
Short Assignment: country or region specific focused paper on primary care issue(s): 35%
Final Assignment: comparative, analytical paper on primary care and global health: 55%

Reading(s): As assigned


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The course may be most relevant for participants who are primary care practitioners in their country of primary residence or a senior trainee therein.