Community Health and Development

Diploma program (JP)

Diploma 1 year

About Community Health and Development programme

Community Health and Development program involves both the social and the health contexts of entire communities. It operates on the basis of three approaches to care: primary care, health promotion and community development. Partnership and empowerment between community health nurses and the community are concurrently involved in the entire process of CHD practice.

The roles and activities of community health workers (CHWs) are tailored to meet the unique needs of the communities they serve. A CHWs' role also depends on factors such as whether they work in the healthcare or social services sectors. Generally, CHWs can work in either of the following organisations:

  • Community-based and human rights organizations
  • Health agencies
  • Family planning clinics
  • Mental health centers
  • Homeless shelters
  • Research and development centers
  • National health department
  • Hospital settings

Objectives of Community Health and Development

This JP diploma in community health and development aims at producing health workers who are capable of addressing community health and developmental issues using a bottom-top approach from the community level.

Upon completing this Community Health and development program, a graduate should be able to:

  • Critically analyze community health problems with a view of suggesting and helping to implement solutions.
  • Create connections between vulnerable populations and healthcare systems
  • Facilitate healthcare and social service system navigation
  • Manage care and care transitions for vulnerable populations
  • Reduce social isolation among patient populations
  • Determine eligibility and enrolling individuals into health insurance plans
  • Ensure cultural competence among healthcare professionals serving vulnerable populations
  • Educate health system providers and stakeholders about community health needs
  • Provide culturally appropriate health education on topics related to chronic disease prevention, physical activity, and nutrition
  • Advocate for underserved individuals to receive appropriate services
  • Collect data and relay information to policymakers to inform policy change and development
  • Providing informal counseling, health screenings, and referrals
  • Build capacity to address health issues

Entry requirements for Community Health and Development

KCSE C- (minus) and above.

Community Health and Development Course Subjects

  1. Communication skills JP 402/1
    •  Health Education and Promotion
  2. Community Development JP 402/2
    • Community capacity building
    • Social Cultural dimension Health
  3. Anatomy and Physiology JP 402/3
  4. Microbiology JP 402/4
  5. Project management JP 402/5
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Social Research Statistics
  6. HIV Aids and Nutrition JP 402/6
  7. Nutrition & Diabetes JP 402/7
  8. Maternal & Child Health JP 402/8
  9. Epidemiology and Communicable diseases Control JP 402/9
  10. Disaster management JP 402/10
    • Counseling Life skills
  11. Environmental Health JP 402 11
    • Health Management & Administration JP 402 12
  12. Community Leadership

Colleges offering Community Health and Development

Community Health and Development

Atlas college of Professional Studies

Community Health and Development

East Africa Institute of Certified Studies (ICS)
Nairobi County

Community Health and Development

Carlile College
Nairobi County