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.

Developed in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Open Education Lab.

Course Syllabus

  • 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

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

Course Format: 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.


Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class? Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Do I need to speak English to take this class? Yes. Lectures will be delivered in English, and assessments will be conducted in English.

William Brieger MPH, CHES, DrPH (Atunluse of Idere, Otun Ba’asegun of Igbo-Ora)