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Planning Training and Learning Programs for Community Health Workers

3rd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
William Brieger
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Community health workers (CHWs) are the backbone of primary health care. They require culturally and technically appropriate training to serve the communities in which they work.

Discusses the skills required for planning, designing, and evaluating training and learning programs for CHWs. Explores how training and learning needs are determined by CHWs, their communities, and national contexts. Provides students with an opportunity to design a training guide based upon an assessment of CHW’s learning needs. Demonstrates how to outline a formative, summative, and follow-up evaluation plan for CHW training and learning needs.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role and recruitment processes for community based primary health care workers (CHWs)
  2. Determine the training and learning needs of CHWs in a given community and national context
  3. Formulate appropriate learning objectives and content for CHWs
  4. Design relevant and culturally appropriate training and learning methods for CHWs
  5. Outline a formative, summative and follow-up evaluation plan for CHW training and learning programs
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Discussion Board
  • 10% Quizzes
  • 80% Project(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Only non-OPAL students. OPAL MAS students should enroll in 607.735.86

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Section is only open to non-OPAL students. Students in OPAL programs must enroll in 607.735.86.