Community Health Assistant Program Offered at Nairobi Women’s Hospital College

Certificate 1 year Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Certificate (Accredited by: Nairobi Women’s Hospital College)

About Community Health Assistant Certificate program.

The Certificate in Community Health Assistant course consists of competencies that a person must achieve to enable him/her to effectively discharge community health works and contributes towards meeting health needs and requirements.

This programme offers skills and training designed to address the prevention of disease, the prolonging of life, and the promotion of health through practical and theoretical learning.

The course gives learners an overview of the role of behavioral sciences in understanding and addressing public health problems and effectively prepares the students to satisfy the health demands of the community through pre-requisite practical training to better grasp various methods and approaches used in the discipline.

The Community Health Services function entails: sensitizing communities for the uptake of quality health services; managing common ailments and minor injuries at the community level; tracing defaulters to ensure compliance with health interventions such as immunization, tuberculosis treatment, malaria control, antiretrovirals, malnutrition, antenatal care; conducting community health diagnosis and recommending suitable interventions; referring health cases to appropriate health facilities; and coordinating community health activities, workers and committees.

Further, the functions entail monitoring, evaluating, and preparing community health reports; facilitating planning activities at the community level; mobilizing the community and other stakeholders; advocating and mobilizing resources for community health activities; and facilitating, training, and developing community health volunteers/workers and members of community health committees. 

Career opportunities

  • Community health specialists
  • Health educators
  • Environmental specialist
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Community Health Assistant

Learning outcomes

  • Ability to identify qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct community health assessment.
  • Students will gain practical experience relevant to their field of study.
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of the state of science in health behavior.
  • To assess and apply strategies for individual and community health promotion.

Objectives of Community Health Assistant

Certificate in Community Health Assistant is a one year course, whose objective is to equip students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to appreciate the relationship between knowledge and values to health problems and produce Community Health workers who can appreciate the roles of other professionals and involve them in the search for solutions to health problems.

Programme goals

  • To enable students to assess the role of organized efforts to influence health policy formulation.
  • Provide skill-based training that will be useful in future employment.
  • To prepare learners to confront the practical problems in the community health unit.
  • To explore emerging policy, ethical and legal dilemmas resulting from medical and technological advances.

Entry requirements for Community Health Assistant

  • KCSE Mean grade; D plain

About Nairobi Women’s Hospital College

The Nairobi Women’s Hospital College is located along Kikuyu road, Dagoreti South Constituency, in the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi.  

The highly-qualified faculty is dedicated to excellence and providing competency-based knowledge and skills. Students receive personalized attention needed to fulfill their academic and personal potential.

Since its inception, Nairobi Women’s Hospital College has graduated over 300 skilled and competent health workers who have been absorbed into the job market in their various areas of specialty. The Nairobi Women’s’ Hospital is ... read more

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