School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Rural and Remote International Health (PHCM9609)

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Course is offered Externally by distance mode

Description

The Rural and Remote International Health course aims to provide an understanding of the current health issues and challenges associated with rural and remote areas with a focus on International settings. The course will appraise on the current healthcare services in rural and remote settings and access to such services compared to their urban counterparts.  Health infrastructure and system challenges for effective delivery of health outcomes will be explored and students will be provided with an opportunity to propose solutions to address the identified problems, specific to rural residents and their communities.

This course is designed to highlight the rural and remote health aspects in an International context and will suit students who would like to understand the rural health systems in low and middle income countries. This will enhance their knowledge of International health and enable to work in international public health settings in an efficient manner.

Credit points

This course is an elective course of the Master of Public Health, Master of International Public Health and the Master of Health Management comprising six units of credit towards the total required for completion of each study program. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Mode of study

External (Distance fully online) and Internal (Face-to-Face) classes on campus.

Course Aim

This course aims to provide an understanding of the current health issues and challenges associated with rural and remote areas with a focus on International settings. The course will appraise on the current healthcare services in rural and remote settings and study the access to such services compared to their urban counterparts.  Health infrastructure and system challenges for effective delivery of health outcomes will be explored and students will be provided with an opportunity to propose solutions to address the identified problems, which are specific for rural residents and their communities.

Course outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current health issues and challenges associated with rural and remote communities in a range of international settings
  • Critically appraise the health policies, access, equity and socio-political dynamics influencing health outcomes in a range of international rural and remote health settings
  • Discuss the features and implications of health system challenges in rural and remote areas including issues of health infrastructure, sanitation, nutrition and workforce shortages and migration
  • Assess the implications for health service delivery in different rural and remote communities of the role of specific cultural factors such as traditional healers, native and indigenous medicines on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities
  • Outline the role of newer technologies (such as M-health) in bridging the gap in rural and remote health settings and consider the implications for effectively managing health service delivery within a range of international settings
  • Evaluate the specific challenges that confront rural and remote communities and propose innovative and evidence informed solutions for the identified problems.
Learning and teaching

The course will introduce an understanding of the key health indicators of rural and remote dwellers in comparison to their counter parts. Based on the theory and evidence presented, students will critique the reasons for the current status with the assumptions in the health systems, policy and infrastructure. The course will also encourage thinking about the role of different health workers and cultural approaches to health including indigenous or native medicines and traditional healers as a part of the health system in different countries. Key topics including health access and equity in rural and remote areas, human resources shortages and social welfare schemes in these areas will be analyzed. In order to examine these topics we will draw upon a wide range of literature including research into the rural and remote health issues with a particular focus on key health indicators and gaps. Participants will be given a chance to critically evaluate the reasons for the health disparity and reflect upon the personal or previous experiences, colleagues and evidences from literature.

Assessment

Assessment Task - Online Participation
Weighting: 15%
Length: n/a

Online Quiz on Rural Health Program in India
Weighting: 10%
Length: n/a

Assessment Task 1 - Case Studies
Weighting: 35%
Length: 1500 words

Assessment Task 2 - Report
Weighting: 40%
Length: 2500 words

Resources

Learning resources for this course consist of the following:

  • A 2 week online course of 20 mini-modules
  • Access to Blackboard Ultra for one day for your online group presentation
  • Lecture recordings
  • Interactive Case Studies
  • Online course notes and readings
  • Online discussion and Q&A forums
     
 

Photo by Justin Kernoghan Women from India - Women working in their rice paddy fields in Orissa in India.