Higher Diploma in Community Health

Broadening Your Perspectives in Community Health Practice

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Goal of the Programme

To produce community health practitioners with knowledge and competencies to transform community health practice for the realisation of lasting health change in Africa

Rationale for the Programme

Amref Health Africa’s experience of over fifty years in implementing community health programmes has shown that the practice of community health has the greatest impact in the well-being of households at the community level.

Using its expertise in implementing community health programmes in Africa, Amref Health Africa has been training health workers in community health since 1987.

The Diploma in Community Health (DCH) programme focuses on training graduates on leadership in planning and management of community health interventions at district and community levels.

Who Should Apply?

The programme is intended for persons working in health and development fields with special interest in community health.

Admission Requirements

For admission into the Higher Diploma in Community Health Programme, a candidate must satisfy any of the following minimum requirements:

Be a holder of Diploma in Community Health recognised by Amref Health Africa with at least one year working experience
Be a holder of any other health-related Diploma or equivalent qualifications recognised by Amref Health Africa with at least one year working experience
Be a holder of a Bachelor’s degree recognised by Amref Health Africa

Other key competencies required are:

  • Computer skills to enable one to learn using online resources and methods
  • Competence in both written and spoken English

Mode of Learning

Course delivery is via eLearning. Off-line access to the course content will be provided in CDs. Students can learn in the comfort of their homes, or if allowed in the work place, without disrupting their work schedules.

Course Duration

The programme shall take 12 months and will cover 39 units of 12 modules, which are distributed across three (3) terms.

Programme Design and Structure

The programme is competence based, and the modules are organised in a logical and sequential order to facilitate the process of learning. Each student is required to take four modules in term one, five modules in term two, three modules in term three and a research project. These require close support and supervision by experienced health practitioners and researchers from Amref Health Africa and field facilitators.

The course is implemented using the modular approach and innovative teaching and learning methods with emphasis on eLearning. The programme modules are as outlined below:

  • Principles of Community Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Research Methodology
  • Community Based Health Care
  • Family Health and Nutrition
  • Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease
  • Health Promotion
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Teaching and Learning for Performance
  • Health Services Management
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Research Project

Enrol for any of the modules @ USD 150 and get an Amref Health Africa short course certificate in the module.


The fee for the Programme is Ksh 150,000 for Kenyans and US$ 1,800 for non-Kenyans


There are three intakes in a year: March, July and October The inaugural class for HDCH will be the March 2017 class


Download application forms Completed application forms to be submitted together with the following:

  • Ksh 500 application fee for Kenyans and US$ 10 for non-Kenyans
  • Copies of relevant transcripts and certificates
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of national ID/ Passport
  • Soft copy of passport size photograph

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Directorate of Capacity Building
Higher Diploma in Community Health Programme
PO Box 27691 - 00506 Nairobi, Kenya
Land line: Mobile Number: +254 741 743 871 or Landline +254-20-6993000/ 6993205
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What our Alumni Say

“The course is well designed and structured and truly meets the needs of students because it places students in a real working environment by providing the necessary tools to facilitate their work. Personally, I can say out loud that I am now a Provincial Malaria Officer in my country Angola, thanks to the completion ofDCH Course”

2012 eLearning Class, Provincial Malaria Officer, Angola

 I needed the Diploma in Community Health especially since I work for a community based health project on Maternal Neonatal and Child health. The uniqueness of the DCH course is that it prepares you for the real world of public health. I benefited greatly as a Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) officer

because I was able to understand Biostatistics and Epidemiology; health policy issues; and diseases of public health importance. Most importantly, DCH has helped me perceive the community as the most important partner and stakeholder if community based projects were to be sustained

2012 eLearning class, MEAL Officer, Zambia

The DCH programme has helped my public health interventions through improved understanding and broadened knowledge of various public health issues. This has translated to a more efficient discharge of my duties. The course modules were very detailed and the faculty standards could comparatively compete with a Mastersin Public Health. The flexible style of learning allowed lifestyle adjustment to suit individual learning pace. I can go through any rigorous academic exercise as it takes double the effort of a classroom learning programme, to do an online course

2012 eLearning Class, Medical Doctor, Nigeria

The training was very useful to me, as it gave me required skills and a better approach to community programmes. I was promoted to a project manager with Terres des Hommes in their integrated programmes of WASH and Health and Child Protection, as my training in DCH gave me an added advantage. I would recommend anyone working with communities to take this course

2013 eLearning Class, Project Manager, Kenya

A diploma in community health was something I looked forward to doing as it offers the best possible grounding for a promising career in public health, Amref having a reputation to produce world class community health workers was thus, the best choice ever.

2014 eLearning Class, Project Assistant, Cameroon

I must admit that I have gained a lot from the course. I learned many things from the course materials. I found the course interesting.  After finishing term one, and in the middle of term two, our community was confronted with a Cholera epidemic. It was not easy but with all the knowledge I acquired from the course, my jobperformance in regards to increased effectiveness, efficiency and professionalism improved tremendously. I was chosen by the hospital administration after realising that I am student of Community Health with Amref to work in the cholera wards for a duration of three months until the outbreak was contained

2015 eLearning Class, Nurse, South Sudan