Broadening Your Perspectives in Community Health Practice
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.
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.
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
- 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
Directorate of Capacity Building
Higher Diploma in Community Health Programme
PO Box 27691 - 00506 Nairobi, Kenya
Land line: +254-20-6993000/ 6993205