A Community Health Practitioner is a specially trained professional who provides promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health activities and services to the people where they live or work. The department is putting in her best effort to train the students to be able to achieve the goals of the profession. The programmes that are being offered in the department include:
National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) fully accredited programmes
• National Diploma (ND) in Community Health: 2 years programme
o Entry Qualification: Holders of SSCE with five credits at not more than two sittings, which must include: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and the admission must be through JAMB.
All programmes that are being offered in the department are accredited by the two regulatory Bodies; CHPRBN and NBTE.
Roles of Community Health Practitioners/Services
• Serves as the first level of contact for people to access health system
• to make essential health services accessible and available to people wherever they live or work.
• To provide preventive, promotive, diagnostic, curative and rehabilitative health care services
• To provide adequate and effective care at the grass root level
• To work together with other members of health team to achieve the goal of “Health for All” Nigerians irrespective of where they live or work.
Job opportunities: All cadres of Community Health Practitioner can work in various tiers of health system in the country based on their job description and Non-governmental Organizations. Also, they can be employed in military and paramilitary services.
Academic Development: Holders of Certificate in Community Health (JCHEW) can proceed for Diploma in Community Health after two years to qualify as a CHEW
Holders of Diploma in Community Health (CHEW) can proceed for Higher Diploma in Community Health two years post qualification to qualify as CHO.
Holders of National Diploma in Community Health can proceed for Higher National Diploma in Community Health
Holders of Higher National Diploma in Community Health can proceed for PGD in related health courses which shall qualify them for Masters Programmes.
A Community Health Practitioner practicing anywhere in Nigeria shall uphold and comply with the code of professional conduct, ethics and etiquette as prescribed by the regulatory Bodies.