COMMUNITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

OVERVIEW

The programme is designed to train middle Primary Health Care Workers for the Nigeria Health Care System. Theses trained Health personnel are to render preventive, curative, and rehabilitative services. Their scope of practice will enable them to serve in public, private and domestic levels, Local Government Primary Healthcare , State and Federal Ministry of Health, Companies, Co-operations, Agencies, Boards and Parastatals, Military, Paramilitary organization as well as international levels etc.

Upon graduation, our students are able to facilitate the physical, psychological, and social wellbeing of people individually and collectively in a multi-cultural, multiethnic metropolitan context.

 

MRS MAMZA MARTHA - H.O.D

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Describe how epidemiologic principles and techniques are applied to measurement of health and disease.
  • Describe the interface between community health education and other health professions.
  • Provide health care education and facilitate understanding by using the native language when appropriate, thereby fostering greater cross-cultural understanding.
  • Facilitate communications between community members and health care providers, thereby enhancing accessibility of health care facilities.
  • Demonstrate public health advocacy in the community and professional settings by sharing and educating those around them in the principles of public health.

OTHER DetailS

National Diploma in Community Health
Minimum requirement: Five (5) O’level credits at not more than two sittings in GCE/NECO, SSCE/WAEC which must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology/Health/Science. And any two other subjects from Nutrition/Home Economics Management and relevant, NTC/NBC & NVC Trade.

Certificate in community Health Extension Worker (JCHEW)
Entry requirement: Four (4) credit/two (2) passes at not more than two sittings in GCE/NECO, SSCE/WAEC in any of Chemistry/Physics and three passes to include English Language.

The certificate and diploma in Community Health are terminal programmes.

Junior Community Health Extension Workers (JCHEW) are structured to last for 2 years, of four (4) semesters; while the Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW) are three (3) years running six (6) semesters.

Furthermore for each of the programme, each semester shall consist of fifteen (15) contact weeks of teaching which includes practical exercise examinations, quizzes, test etc.

These programmes incorporates regimented period of Supervised Clinical Experience (SCE) and supervised Community Based Experience (SCBE), which shall last for a total period of 12 weeks in each of the academic year.

Community health workers (CHEWs) often live in the community they serve. They spend much of their time travelling within the community, speaking to groups, visiting homes and health care facilities, distributing information and otherwise connecting with local people.

Some community health workers work in health facilities, providing case management, client education, interpretation and follow-up care. Others are employed by government agencies and nonprofit groups to provide community organizing, health education, medical enrollment and preventive care services in the field.

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