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Global PHC Course

The International Institute for Primary Health Care – Ethiopia (IPHC-E), along with technical assistance from leading primary health care (PHC) experts in Ethiopia and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), have created this global PHC course that focuses on developing or adapting PHC programmes in LMIC countries.

Global PHC Course

The Course has been Created by the International Institute for Primary Health Care – Ethiopia (IPHC-E), along with technical assistance from leading primary health care (PHC) experts in Ethiopia and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).

The course is organized based on the health systems building blocks of WHO by building on PHC experiences in Ethiopia, as well as other model global PHC experiences.

It also includes the opportunity for participants to directly experience the Ethiopia PHC system through field visits and global case study activities.



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Certified Country Delegates

Global PHC Course

Objectives of the Course

  • Explain the core principles of PHC
  • Describe the structure and functioning of the HEP through the lens of the WHO’s building blocks and community engagement

  • Assess how experiences from the HEP can be adapted to other contexts
  • Create an action plan to apply their new knowledge to opportunities in their own Countries

Is this course right for you?

The majority of the content is delivered to you through self-paced learning modules, in which you can learn at your own pace, followed by virtual discussions with leaders from within the Ethiopian PHC system, and finally, if you met all the requirements, you will have an opportunity to a field visit in Ethiopia

In this 2 credit hour course, you are expected to commit 4 – 6 hours/week for six weeks. You are also expected to attend 3-4 live sessions within the course.

Professionals who are working in health programming, such as regional, provincial, or bureau heads who are involved with adapting best practices in order to improve the functioning of the PHC system in their home countries.

The course is aimed at delegations from low- and middle-income countries, but it is relevant to practitioners, scholars, and leaders working with under-served and minority populations anywhere.

Only Participants coming or applying as a country group and could have a support letter from the Country’s MoH or your Organization will be eligible to the course

Module 1: Introduction to Primary Health Care (PHC)
Orient the evolution of primary health care (PHC) from the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978 up to the present day and present Ethiopia’s and other selected Countries’ PHC experience.
Module 2: Primary Health Care Service Delivery
Covers the key characteristics of good service delivery, the essential elements of PHC and various models of PHC services delivery including equity in Ethiopia and other countries
Module 3: Human Resources for Health
Presents the Human Resource (HR) concepts using WHO’s life span framework with case studies from selected countries.
Module 4: Health Information System in PHC
This module reviews Health Information Systems (HIS) definition, components and explores its relevance to primary health care (PHC) which is supplemented with countries’ Experience.
Module 5: Essential Medicine and Supplies
Covers the basic concepts of SCM including selection, quantification, procurement, storage, distribution and use of essential commodities in PHC which also share Countries’ experience.
Module 6: Health Financing in PHC
Explores the health financing functions and data on its realities for primary health care (PHC) including history of health care financing reform and best experiences in different countries.
Module 7: Leadership & Governance in PHC
Focuses on the leadership and governance in PHC, community governance structures and social accountability mechanisms with Ethiopia’s and other countries’ experience.
Module 8: Community and Community Engagement
Explore how community action and participation build plus characteristics to create a strong level of community- driven planning and management of health services across different countries.

Phase II of the Course

After Completing the modules the participants will be visiting the Ethiopian PHC System to learn from real experience on what has been thought in Modules” The experience sharing visit will cover from the Ministry of Health at National level to Regional level then to district level or Primary Health Care level, which incorporates Primary Hospital, Health Center and Health Post.

Previous Participants Feedback

“The global PHC course experience was an exciting & highly rewarding, Work-holiday!”

Prof. Ifeoma Okoye

“ l learned from the Ethiopian experience, how to look systematically across the WHO building blocks and draw upon global health examples to illustrate alternative approaches to PHC challenges with the ultimate goal of implementing impactful changes.”


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