Introduction to
Global Health & Development

Health Care for the Developing World

The Introduction to Global Health & Development course calls for those with a heart to see communities thriving; physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. 

During the course, you will be immersed in a powerful combination of essential basic healthcare knowledge and community development training, with a focus on preventing illness, promoting holistic wellbeing, and empowering communities to develop their strengths.

Your course will start at our campus in Townsville, Australia where will you undergo 12 weeks of training, before applying what you’ve learnt during 10 weeks of outreach in Papua New Guinea. A short portion of your outreach may also be in Australia. 

This public health-infused approach incorporates the World Health Organization’s Healthy Island Framework, with application to the Papua New Guinean context. These principles also apply more broadly in other nations.


January 26th – June 26th
July 12th – December 18th


January 31st – July 2nd
July 18th – December 17th


January 30th – July 1st
July 17th – December 16th

Lecture Costs

Cost: $3,900 AUD*  – this covers enrolment fee, course deposit, tuition, food, and accommodation.

*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, student visa, health insurance and immunisations. Additional travel costs may be added for outreaches further abroad. 

Outreach Costs

$3,000 – $4,000 AUD – this fee covers transportation costs, travel insurance, extra visas, food, accommodation and administration.

Scholarships & Discounts

YWAM Townsville offers the following scholarships and discounts for the lecture phase of our Introduction to Primary Healthcare (IPHC) School.

Developing Nations Scholarships

If you are from a Category B or C nation, you may be eligible for a discount off your training phase fees. For more information on categories and discounts click here.

Please note, only one scholarship/discount can be applied for per applicant. 


Introduction to Global Health and Development 

Communicate and work in health or community services – The skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers

Work with diverse people – The skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Recognise healthy body systems  – The skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body.

Provide advanced first aid  – The skills and knowledge required to provide an advanced first aid response, including management of the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance.

Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures  – The skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

Follow safe work practices for direct client care  – The skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.

Confirm physical health status  – The skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client’s physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This unit applies to individuals working directly with clients and who assist in the provision of health care services. Some disciplines may be subject to state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.

Provide first aid in remote situations – The skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response and emergency life support to a casualty in a remote and/or isolated situation.

Take clinical measurements – The skills and knowledge required to prepare for, obtain and record simple clinical measurements.

Assist clients with medication – The skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance, and complete medication documentation. It also involves supporting a client to self-administer medication.

Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately – The skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions; to carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment; as well as use appropriate medical terminology.

Contribute to Christian missions team activities – The skills and knowledge required to demonstrate the character of God through life and missions. It requires the ability to have a growing relationship with God that is reflected in relationship with others.

Implement community development strategies – The skills and knowledge required to work with individuals, groups and the community to identify issues and develop cooperative processes to facilitate change.

Course Work

A range of strategies will be used to assess the outcomes of the school. Manuals, workbooks, book reports, tests, role plays, outreach reports, self–assessment checklists, and supervisor reports are all utilised as a part of this. Our training programs are holistic in nature, and the topics are delivered concurrently, enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge, and character.

* for recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.


Applicants need to have graduated High School or equivalent, completed a Discipleship Training School and have a sense of call to Christian Missions, prior to acceptance into this course.

International Students

When overseas students apply, proficiency in English will be specifically assessed. Offers of placement in a course will include any applicable requirements for English language proficiency. Copies of documents, or telephone interviews will be used to verify information provided by students on language proficiency. Bridging courses will be recommended where these are deemed necessary.

International students on student visas are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance to meet the requirements of the student visa.

YWAM Townsville is bound by the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition, and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. A simple explanation of the framework is the Easy Guide to ESOS.

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"The IPHC equipped me with the necessary skills to serve a developing nation, both physically and spiritually. The world has far too many isolated and forgotten people. The IPHC gave me the skills to bring hope and healing to those who feel hopeless. It was an incredible experience."
Atasha, USA, 20
Atasha, USA, 20
"Doing the IPHC was a great experience for me. I gained so many valuable skills and had a blast using them practically all over PNG. I would recommend it to anyone."
Grant, New Zealand, 27
Grant, New Zealand, 27
"I've always dreamed of being a medical missionary ever since I was a little girl and doing the IPHC made that possible. I never thought that at 21 years old I'd be setting up clinics in completely isolated villages in PNG. I am so thankful for the adventure that this school has been."
Haeley, USA, 21
Haeley, USA, 21
"The IPHC was an incredible time where I got to learn how to be an effective health care worker in any developing nation. I got to learn from an incredible group of people, including doctors, midwives, nurses and more. Going to PNG and applying everything I learned in the classroom was an incredible privilege."
Jeff , USA,  21
Jeff , USA, 21