Distance Education Courses

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Distance Education Programme

Amref Health Africa pioneered the use of Distance Education to provide Continuing  Education  to Health workers in Eastern Africa.  

What is Distance Learning (DL)?
The term Distance Education refers to various forms of study where the learner is not in direct physical contact with his /her teachers.  It is a proven method of teaching adults while they continue with their day to-day activities.

Why Study through Distance Learning?

•    It enables you to study while you continue working and attending to your family and social commitments;
•    It gives you the flexibility to study at your own time, pace and place;
•    Access to high quality and well prepared course materials;
•    Access to experienced and highly qualified tutors and tutorial support;
•    It is able to reach learners who are geographically isolated or who work in remote areas with no opportunities for training.

Who is eligible for Amref Health Africa Distance Learning courses?
The courses are open to all health workers who have completed their basic training.  

How does it work?
Upon enrollment in a course, the learner receives the first three lessons of the course online.  Each lesson is made up of a study unit and assignment.  The learner is required to go through the study unit and answer all the questions in the assignment. When the assignments are all done, they are mailed back to Amref Health where experienced tutors correct and return them with comments.  The assignments are not only used as a teaching tool but are specially designed to ensure the learner can apply theory to practice.  This continues till the completion of the whole course units whereby a certificate is awarded upon successful completion.

What courses are available?
Amref Health Africa currently runs the following 10 Distance Learning courses:

Child Health:
This is a self contained 20 unit course aims to provide health workers with the competencies they need to provide promotive, preventive and curative health services to children. Its content includes: How to take a sick child’s history, perform physical examination, all the necessary precautions that should be observed and the concept of IMCI to ensure proper management of a sick child. Child growth and development; Health Education; Promotion and counselling; Nutrition; Immunization; Malaria; Diarrhea; Acute respiratory infections; Ear, Nose, and throat (ENT); Anemia; Internal Helminths; diseases; Dental and Eye conditions, Mental Health problems; Common injuries and accidents; Disabilities and Rehabilitation; and other conditions such as UTI, meningitis and typhoid.

Community Health (Revised):
This course is comprised of 12 modules with 39 units aimed at developing competencies the following areas: Foundations and principles of Community Health, Community Based Health Care; Introduction To Epidemiology; Medical Sociology and Anthropology; Gender, Poverty And Health; Basic Statistics; Health Promotion; Communicable And Non Communicable Disease; Priority Community Health Interventions; Health Needs of Special Groups; Introduction to Environmental Health; Disaster Risk Management; Health Services Management ; Research Project.

Communicable Diseases:
This is a 16 unit course which deals with the diagnosis, management, prevention and control of common communicable on tropical diseases. Epidemiology, Infection prevention and control; Travel Medicine; Immunization; Contact Diseases, STDs, HIV/AIDS, Vector Borne Diseases; Malaria, Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases; Diseases of Faeco-oral Contamination, Helminthiasis, Acute Respiratory Infections; Tuberculosis and Leprosy; and Diseases of Contact with Animals.

Integrated HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Management (Revised):
This course is comprised of 12 modules with 50 units. The objective of this course is to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes with respect to provision of comprehensive care to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and their families. Topics include: Fundamentals of HIV and AIDS; Prevention of HIV infection and Post Exposure; HIV Counselling and Testing; Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV; HIV Treatment and Monitoring; Management of patients with HIV related diseases; Nutrition in the Context of HIV and AIDS; Management of HIV in Special Populations; Community & Home Based Care and Other Support; Behaviour Change Communication (BCC); Monitoring and Evaluation; HIV Commodity Security.

Non Communicable Diseases (Revised):
This is a 16-unit course covering non-communicable diseases in adults. The course content includes: Diseases of the Cardiovascular System; Diseases of the Lungs; Diseases of the Urinary System; Diseases of the Joints & Connective tissues; Diseases of the Nervous System; Diseases of the Blood & Reticuloendothelial System; Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Larynx; Diseases of the Endocrine Glands; Diseases of Nutrition; Poisoning; Common Skin Diseases in the Tropics; Heat Illness; Hypothermia; and Allergic Conditions.

This is a 12 unit course which addresses the management, prevention and control of malaria. Course content: About Malaria; Clinical Assessment of Malaria; Severe and complicated Malaria; Treatment of Malaria; Treatment defaults in Malaria; Referral in Severe and Complicated Malaria; Malaria in Pregnancy; Prevention and Control of Malaria; Community Based Management of fever and Malaria in children; HIV/AIDS and Malaria; Counselling and Health Education on Malaria; Malaria Surveillance.

This aim of this course is to provide health workers with knowledge, skills and attitudes on how to promote good nutrition especially breastfeeding in the community; manage and prevent malnutrition in the community. It has 11 units. Course content: Food Nutrients; Maternal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation; The relationship between nutrition, infection and disease; Protein-Energy-Malnutrition; Breastfeeding Part I; Breastfeeding Part II; Complimentary feeding; Growth Monitoring Promotion; Nutrition counselling; Nutrition and HIV.

Medicine Management (New):
The main objectives of the course are to prepare health managers who have competencies in medicines management in health facilities at different levels. The course has 6 Modules 21 units and covers the following: Policies and Medicine Control; Selection of Medicines; Procurement and Medicine Quality Assurance; Distribution of Medicines; Rational Use of Medicine; Organization and Management of Drug Supply; Drugs and Substance Abuse

Drug and Substance Abuse (New):
This course is designed for health workers who are involved in curative and rehabilitative services at all levels of health care. These include, but not limited to, medical officers, clinical officers, pharmacists and pharmaceutical technologists, occupational therapists and nurses. In addition, health managers concerned with policy formulation and regulation are encouraged to participate.

This course has 5 modules with 16 units whose aim is to provide health workers with the necessary competencies in Medicine use. The course content includes: Exposure Situation in Drug and Substance Abuse; Drug and Substance Abuse in Special Populations; Categories of Drugs and Substances of Abuse; Interventions for Mitigation /Eradication of the Use of Drugs; Policy Guidelines and Regulations Relating to Drug and Substance Abuse.

Maternal & Neonatal Health (Coming Soon):
This is a 5 module course with 16 units covering the following areas: The Normal neonate; Neonatal Resuscitation; Birth Injuries; Management of High Risk Neonate; Congenital Abnormalities.

Family Planning:
This is a 13 unit course covering: Introduction to Population and Family Planning ; Anatomy and Physiology of both Female & Male reproductive system; Contraceptive methods including Natural Family Planning methods; Management of integrated MCH/FP; community mobilization for MCH/FP; Counseling of FP; FP Client Management; STD and HIV/AIDS in relation to FP; monitoring and Evaluation of FP services. This course teaches how to insert a coil, for example and you can be given a practical demonstration if you request.

Obstetrics and Gynecology:
This is a 10 unit course which looks at the female Reproductive system and specifically discusses issues related to pregnancy and delivery and associated medical problems. Course content: Anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system; Introduction to Obstetrics; Bleeding and Medical conditions in pregnancy; Normal Labour and puerperium; Abnormal pregnancy and presentation; Abnormal Labour; Operative Obstetrics and abnormal pueperium; Diseases of the female Genital track and Family Planning.


How much does it cost?

The course fees are as follows:

Application Fees: Kshs 500 for Kenyan and US$10 for non- Kenyans (regardless of your preferred delivery option)

Delivery Option I: Printed course material delivered to you via Post office -
Ksh1,900 per unit for health workers in Kenya (This option is only within Kenya)

Delivery Option II: A link sent to you via email from where you can download and print the course material.
Ksh1,250 per unit for health workers in Kenya
US$ 450 per course for health workers outside Kenya.

Note: For courses with less than 10 units, please note that the minimum fees per course is Kshs 15,000 for health workers in Kenya.

Payment can be made ONLY by a bankers cheque, direct cash transfer to our account or through MPESA payable in two installments.

How to send by MPESA:

Enter pay-bill number 000555
For account details enter personal details, course name or registration number
Enter amount details
Then pin
And send

You will receive confirmation that the funds have been received from AMREF.


Our Bank Details are as follows:

US Dollars account : 0103150108
Kenya Shillings Account : 0103150019
Euro Account : 0103150159
Account Name : Amref Health Africa
Bank Name : Citibank


How do I enroll?

Send an enquiry to:

Amref Health Africa Directorate of Capacity Building
Distance Education Programe
P.O.BOX 27691 –00506, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 (020) 6993122
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile: 0723-814-993

OR fill in the online application form found below. Alternatively you may download our application form below, fill and send/bring to us together with your payment for enrollment. Enrollment is through out the year

Click here to apply for the course online

Download the Distance Education Application Form (195Kb)