Hogeschool Leiden



The course prepares participants to:

  • describe and analyse health and social problems on a local level
  • develop an insight in the causes and consequences of ill-health in a community and in the process of health development
  • develop solutions for health (care) problems in co-operation with local health workers and other stakeholders, taking into account the various cultural and religious values
  • participate in the management of health programmes and the (further) training of local health workers

Content and working methods

The course is organised by a number of self-contained learning units (modules). Lectures will be given during sessions, followed by group activities, discussions, practical workshops and case studies. Active participation of all course participants is essential for the learning process. The various elements of the study programme will be catered for by lecturers who have extensive recent knowledge and experience in the field of community health in developing countries.

The content of the programme includes the following modules:

  • primary health care
  • health and development
  • epidemiology
  • health education and promotion
  • management of primary health care
  • mental health
  • management of tropical diseases
  • nutrition
  • integrated management of childhood illnesses
  • sexual and reproductive health
  • emergency aid
  • teaching and learning