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Diploma in Health Promotion Education (DHPE)

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In the year 1987, Diploma course in Health Education (DHE) was started under the “Development of National Trained Health Manpower for the training of health education specialists and para-medical worker’s” scheme of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. In the year 2000, the course was renamed as Diploma in Health Promotion Education (DHPE). It is a one year residential diploma recognised by the International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS), a Deemed University under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Thirty third batch comprising of 21 trainees has been successfully completed in May 2020. The 34th batch of DHPE comprising of 27 trainees from the states of Maharashtra, Orissa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland and Madhya Pradesh has commenced from August 2020.

Objectives of the Course

General Objective

To develop Health Education Specialists needed to provide effective Health Promotion Education activities.

Specific Objectives

At the end of the training course, the student will be able to-

  1. Relate the basic health sciences and apply this knowledge in Health Promotion Education
  2. Apply the knowledge of Behavioral Sciences with Community Organization and Community Development in bringing about desirable changes in the health behavior of the community and to make Health Promotion Education Programmes in the Community
  3. Apply simple statistical methods and demographic techniques in their present Job situation for programme planning and for conducting health surveys and research studies related to health.
  4. Perform the role of Health Education Specialist in the community, conducting Health Promotion Education Programmes effectively by proper application of concepts, principles, objectives and approaches of Health Promotion Education.
  5. Explain Health Policy, Health Care Delivery System, Development skills in Public Health Administration for effective implementation of IEC component of National Health Programmes, along with Health Promotion Education activities.
  6. Become an effective communicator, for advocacy in Health Promotion Education in the Community.
  7. Plan, implement and evaluate Health Promotion Education Programmes in community by positive and constructive attitudes on the identified health problems.

Eligibility criteria for admission

The candidate should fulfill either of the following eligibility criteria :-

Sr. No. Description
1. (a) Graduate in Psychology / Economics / Anthropology / Statistics / Sociology / Education / Communication / Social work/Dietetics with three years of experience in community work in the field of Health/ Education/ Welfare etc.
  (b) A Graduate in Nursing or any other paramedical fields.
  The graduation degree should be from a UGC recognised University
2. Age not more than 40 years with only five years of relaxation for the reserved candidates SC/ST 3 yrs relaxation for OBC Candidates.
3. In service candidates in Central./State government Health and Family Welfare Department & directly involved in the delivery of health care services will be preferred. Persons working in National level recognised NGOs working in health field will be accepted.
4. Reservation for SC/ST and Disabled will be provided as per the Government of India rules. A certificate from the Recognised District Authority must be attached at the time of submission of application form.
5. Individuals with any of the above qualifications from Government and Non-Government Organisations working in the Rural areas/under performing districts, in the community health will be preferred.
6. Preference for the admission will be given for candidates sponsored from Directorate of Health Services of the State. All application to be forwarded through proper channel.
7. The medium of instructions for this course is in English.
8. Selection Committee decision will be final.
9. D.H.P.E. Course is a full time Residential Training course of one academic year (from June to May).
10. No students will be permitted to seek employment, or to participate in any course of study either full time or part time during the period he/she is enrolled at the Institute.


One year full-time, residential programme from June to May.

Fees Structure:

Fees Structure for Diploma in Health Promotion Education: 

Particulars Sponsored candidates Non-Sponsored candidates
Application Fee Rs. 200/- (No fee for SC/ST Candidates) Rs. 200/- (No fee for SC/ST Candidates)
Admission Fee Rs. 1000/- At the time of admission Rs. 1000/- At the time of admission
Tuition Fee Rs. 3000/- per semester (Total Rs. 6000/-for two semesters) 5000/- per semester (Total Rs. 10000/-for two semesters)
Examination Fee Rs. 500/- per semester (Total Rs. 1000/-for two semesters) Rs. 500/- per semester (Total Rs. 1000/-for two semesters)

Course contents

There are two semesters each having four papers;

Semester I

  • Paper 1- Health and Hygiene with Basic Sciences
  • Paper 2- Behavioural and Social Sciences
  • Paper 3- Research Methods and Statistics
  • Paper 4- Health Promotion Education Part-I

Semester II

  • Paper 5- Epidemiology
  • Paper 6- Dynamics of Population and Family Welfare
  • Paper 7- Health Policies and Programmes
  • Paper 8- Health Promotion Education Part – II

Training methodology & field work

Teaching is carried out through classroom lectures, laboratory work, seminars, assignments, workshops, field work and observational visits etc. Health and family welfare education essentially require a multi-disciplinary approach and the subjects taught at the Centre as indicated above cover various aspects of population, health and family welfare, its inter-relationship to socio- economic variables.

Concurrent fieldwork is carried out in small groups at urban slum areas in Mumbai. Trainees identify health problems in the given community, and accordingly plan, implement and evaluate health education activities, thus applying knowledge and skills gained in classroom to actual field situation. Supervised fieldwork is carried out individually in rural or urban slums for a period of two months in their respective states.

Diploma in Health Promotion Education (DHPE Course) is affiliated to International Institute of Population Science (IIPS), Deemed University, Mumbai. The Direct grading system of University Grant Commission (UGC), New Delhi is followed for examination of this course.


This course has two semester examinations conducted in October and February respectively. Central paper corrections are done during both the semester examination.


DHPE course is affiliated to International institute of populated science (IIPS), Mumbai (Deemed University).

Direct grading system

The current Gradation and equivalent Marks as per Choice Based Credit System are given below-   

Grades and Grade Points

Qualitative Level Letter Grade Numerical Value Equivalent % of marks
Outstanding O 10 85-100
Excellent  A+ 9 75-84.9
Very Good A 8 65-74.9
Good  B+ 7 55-64.9
Above Average B 6 50-54.9
Average C 5 45-49.9
Pass P 4 40-44.9
Fail  F+ 3 30-39.9
Fail F 2 20-29.9
Fail  F- 1 0-19.9
Not attempted/ Absent NA 0 ..