Some past FAQs are listed here to provide background to Intermed and the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in International Health and Development.

What was the International Health and Development program?

The International Health and Development (IHD) program was specifically designed as an introduction or orientation to International Health and Development for health care professionals preparing to work in less developed/ less resourced contexts in the world, or on leave from such work. The program was undergirded by Christian values.

What were the core subjects in the Graduate Certificate in International Health and Development program?

The core subjects were an online Foundations subject, followed by a two-week intensive held at Tabor in Adelaide in January and focused on Public Health and Clinical Care.

In addition to these 3 subjects, students needed to complete the Poverty and Community Development subject offered online or on campus by Tabor to obtain the Graduate Certificate in International Health and Development.

What were the additional subjects for the Tabor Graduate Diploma in International Health and Development program?

If a student wanted to proceed to a Graduate Diploma in International Health and Development, they needed to complete the 4 Graduate Certificate subjects and 4 additional subjects. These additional subjects were an online Introduction to Health and Development NGOs, Intercultural Life and Work (online or on campus), a supervised International Health and Development Practicum, and one elective subject (available on campus or online).

What content was covered by the Foundations, Public Health and Clinical Care subjects?

The online Foundations subject covered the biblical basis of development, community development and a number of foundational topics such as global overviews of health, illness and culture, patterns of illness, demography, principles of primary health care, Indigenous health, travel health, introduction to epidemiology and non-communicable diseases.

The two-week intensive covered public health and clinical care (although some foundational material best delivered face to face was also included) and was conducted through lectures, seminars, practical classes and group work. The content included health care service delivery and other relevant issues in public health, and topics in clinical care, particularly infectious diseases, chronic non-communicable diseases and nutrition.

What was the optional 3rd week intensive?

Immediately following the two-week public health and clinical care intensive, a one-week intensive of more practical sessions may be offered. This week was not part of the accredited Graduate Certificate and Diploma program.

This week provided opportunities to acquire a wide range of practical skills that may be applied during the supervised Practicum: emergency life support; continuing medical education; building local capacities for peace; practical dentistry; musculoskeletal health; examination of the adult; practical obstetrics; basic suturing techniques; management of an abscess; adult education in health promotion; and for doctors, laboratory sessions of practical relevance.

What was the Supervised Practicum?

The two-week supervised Practicum was usually held overseas and run as a team with Team Leaders. The Practicum provided an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a less-resourced context. This was a core subject for the Graduate Diploma.





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