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MPH2058 - Managing community-based HIV programs in developing countries

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: L Renkin


Alfred Hospital Second semester 2007 (Day)


Issues involved in assessing the risk of HIV transmission in a community. Developing and managing a multisectoral response to HIV/AIDS, including prevention of infection and health care needs of persons with AIDS. The global HIV/AIDS situation. Key determinants of infection. The relative success of various approaches to the AIDS epidemic in affected countries. Elements of a community HIV/AIDS situation. Components of a community-based HIV/AIDS prevention and care program.


The course aims to assist participants to:

  1. Enhance their knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS and its impact on individuals and communities;
  2. Understand the relationship between HIV/AIDS and economic development;
  3. Develop skills in analysing the HIV/AIDS-related risk and vulnerability of communities;
  4. Analyse the relative success of various approaches to the AIDS epidemic in different countries and develop an understanding of the need for an integrated, multisectoral approach to prevention, care and support for individuals and communities;
  5. Identify essential elements of effective strategies for preventing HIV transmission and providing care and support for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, including the integral role of people living with HIV/AIS in these strategies;
  6. Improve knowledge of strategies for strengthening the capacity of communities to respond effectively to HIV/AIDS;
  7. Provide practical information about developing, implementing and evaluating community-based responses to HIV/AIDS.


Short-answer examination (40%) Essay 4,000 words (60%).

Contact hours

7 day intensive block


Basic computer proficiency