The Principles and Practice of Community Health

This a DVD-based distance learning course consisting of

• 30 forty-minute video presentations in a DVD format
• A workbook, 125 pages: Principles and Practice of Community Health
• A book: Let's Build Our Lives
• A book: Let's Restore Our Land
• A booklet: Teaching Our Children God's Ways
• E-mail interaction with the Dr. Fountain, the facilitator

Dan Fountain, M.D. MPH, Director, Global Health Training Program, King College

• Those who complete the course will receive a certificate of participation from King College
• Nurses wanting CEU credit can submit the certificate to their state accrediting board
• Estimated time to complete course is three months
Original release: November 1, 2010


Full course ... $600 This includes:
• All of the course materials
• Internet interaction by e-mail with the facilitator
• A certificate of participation from King College
Additional set of the workbook and books ..... $50.00

Registration Form


• Michele Fagan
• Peeke School of Christian Mission
• Center for Global Health
• King College
• 1350 King College Rd.
• Bristol, TN 37620 USA
• Phone: 423-652-4157 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 423-652-4157 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
• Fax: 423-652-4788
• Email:

• How can we help people improve their sanitation and water supply when they believe sickness comes from the curse of an enemy of from the spirit of a disgruntled ancestor?
• How can we help a mother feed her malnourished child a healthy diet when she believes malnutrition is the will of God?
• How can we help communities improve their living conditions if everything, good and evil, comes from God?
• Why does so much of our health education produce so little behavior change?

Course description
Many common health problems around the world come from unhealthy behavior. Motivating people to make behavioral changes is difficult because the roots of behavior are in culturally determined beliefs and values. The arena for promoting behavioral changes is in dialogue about the cultural values, beliefs and world view assumptions that underlie behavior. An understanding of the dynamics of culture and the practice of cross-cultural communication is essential for successful motivation of changes in community development, and behavior related to health, nutrition, and agriculture. The biblical world view provides the basic principles of health and healthy behavior and gives core cultural values important for community development.
This workshop will bring together scientific and biblical principles of health and agriculture, cross-cultural methods of communication, and skills in establishing relationships that facilitate behavioral changes for the improvement of health, nutrition, and care for the environment. It is excellent preparation for an inter-cultural ministry of transformational development.

Course objectives
• Discuss basic principles of community health.
• Identify obstacles to changing health-related behavior.
• Describe the dynamics of culture and how cultures function.
• List cultural values that favor progress and health and others that impede them.
• List and describe biblical and cultural foundations for community health.
• Describe principles and practical applications of cross-cultural communication.
• Outline worldview assumptions and values of traditional, Islamic and Western cultures.
• Describe principles and methods of participatory non-formal adult education.
• List principles of planning, organizing, and financing health programs.
• Describe principles of motivating and empowering community and church leaders in health and development activities.
• Describe the process of decentralizing primary health care to make it accessible to everyone.
• Describe the organization of pre-school , antenatal, and family health consultations, the enlarged program of vaccinations, and nutrition services
• Describe effective no-cost methods of restoring soil fertility and restoration of forests

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