Programme for Volunteer Community Health Workers

john hopkins150x9620th October to 8th December 2014, free online course

Volunteer community health workers (CHWs) are a major strategy for increasing access to and coverage of basic health interventions. Our village health worker training course reviews the process of training and continuing education of CHWs as an important component of involving communities in their own health service delivery. Participants will be guided through the steps of planning training and continuing education activities for village volunteers. The course draws on real-life examples from community-directed onchocerciasis control, village health worker programs, community case management efforts, peer educators programs and patent medicine vendor training programs, to name a few.


1. Learning processes with adults
2. Identification and recruitment of trainees
3. Determining training needs for village volunteers
4. Setting learning objectives
5. Selecting appropriate learning methods
6. Mobilizing resources and planning logistics for training
7. Implementing the training program
8. A sample lesson/training session
9. Evaluation and follow-up
10. Supervision and continuing education

Some background in community health programs is helpful but not necessary.

This course will consist of weekly video lectures and readings. Learning progress will be assessed with weekly quizzes and two peer-graded training matrix exercises.
Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
Lectures will be delivered in English, and assessments will be conducted in English.
Register for the course “Programme for Volunteer Community Health Workers” here.

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