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Skill Development Program

Post Graduate Diploma in Community Health Care (PGDCHC)

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National Institute of Public Health Training and Research (NIPHTR) Mumbai, the first training Centre in Family Planning was established in 1957 under the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GOI. As a Central training Institute its purpose is to conduct in-service training for the doctors and paramedical personnel.

In last 60 years the Institute has conducted various training programmes for Central Health Officers, District Health Officers, Medical Officers, District Education & Media Officers, Principals and faculties of Health and Family Welfare Training Centres and paramedical from all over the country. WHO fellowship programmes for fellows from South East Asian Region countries are held on RCH, Gender issues, Management Information System (MIS), Safe Motherhood, HIV/AIDS; etc.

National Institute of Public Health Training and Research

In 1987 National Institute of Public Health Training and Research (NIPHTR) Mumbai started a one year Diploma in Health Education (now renamed as Diploma in Health Promotion Education) for paramedical personnel working at PHC/Sub centre, under the “Development of National Trained Health Manpower for the training of health education specialists and paramedical workers Scheme”. This course is affiliated to the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, Deemed University of MoHFW, GOI.

Since the launch of NRHM there was a demand for human resources having practical knowledge of newer and appropriate technology conducive to changing public health trends in rural and urban health care delivery. In 2007 NIPHTR started Post Graduate Diploma in Community Health Care (PGDCHC) course to fulfil this need. This course is designed to develop skilled Mid – level health care providers in the field of basic essential health care and public health. The course is affiliated to the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, Deemed University of MoHFW, GOI.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has started a “Bridge Programme” to develop a pool of Mid-level health care providers to strengthen sub-centres and rename as wellness centres. PGDCHC curriculum which was reviewed and revised on completion of its 10 years also includes topic which are part of the Bridge Programme. PGDCHC course creates a pool of Mid-level health care providers to deliver Comprehensive primary health care for better implementation of National Health Programmes to achieve SDG 2030.


At the end of the course students will be able to-

  1. Explain concepts of basic health sciences, Nutrition and allied sciences in causation of diseases.
  2. Identify socio-cultural and psychological factors influencing health behaviour and apply skills of group dynamics and community organisation for health promotion.
  3. Explain Health infrastructure and Health care delivery system in India and interpret various reforms and changing trends in healthcare delivery system.
  4. Describe principles of epidemiology for disease causation, prevention, control and screening for diseases.
  5. List National Health Programmes under National Health Mission (NHM) and explain its component and state National Health policies-goals, directions, approaches, priorities and strategies.
  6. Demonstrate skills in package of services for preventive, promotive and basic curative services for provision of comprehensive primary health care to solve local health problems, emergencies and provide referral services.
  7. Apply advanced technologies for sanitation, environmental hygiene, safe drinking water supply and work in collaboration with Village Health Nutrition Sanitation Committee.
  8. Display Supervisory, Monitoring and Managerial abilities for effective implementation of various health programmes in the community.
  9. Demonstrate skills in modern techniques of Communication, Counselling and organisation of health promotion interventions in the community.
  10. Apply scientifically sound Research methods, Statistics and Health Management Information System for community need assessment and plan suitable Health interventions.

Admission Criteria

I. Eligibility

A. In-services Candidate

Paramedical personnel from Central/State/Local Health Services and from NGOs (Reg. at least for 3 years) having Graduate Qualification with degree from a recognized university (UGC recognised) in the disciplines of AYUSH, Health and Allied Sciences, Nursing,  Social Work, Psychology, Statistics, Home Science,  Dietetics, working in the field of health in following capacities:

  • AYUSH Provider
  • Staff Nurse / ANM
  • Health Supervisor
  • Block Extension officer
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Lady Health Visitor
  • MPW male/female
  • Sanitary Inspector
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Health assistant male/female
Field experience needed
  • Supervisor cadre-3 Yrs.
  • Others -5 Yrs.

The seat allotment ratio - 1&2 is 80:20


Candidate with Graduate degree from recognized university (UGC recognised) in the disciplines of AYUSH, Health and Allied Sciences, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Statistics, Home Science, Dietetics

II. No. of Seats

No. of students per batch – 30

  • 20 seats for the Central, State & Zilla Parishad sponsored candidates already working in the job.
  • 5 seats for those getting fellowship from GOI or National and International Funding Organizations.
  • 5 seats will be open for fresh candidates on merit basis

Duration: 1 Year

Medium of Instruction: English

Attendance: 75%

Age: Age not more than 40 years. Five years age relaxation for candidates belonging to SC/ST and three years for OBC candidates.

Methodology of Teaching & Training

  • Classroom lecture discussion
  • Demonstration
  • Laboratory demonstration & Practical
  • Group Discussion,  Seminar, Symposium, Panel Discussion
  • Workshops
  • Project Work
  • Field Visit and Surveys
  • Hands on Training
  • Hospital and Health centre: students visit to the infectious disease hospital to study the cases
  • Clinical Posting: placement for practical exposure during Internship for preventive, promotive, basic curative and referral services at PHC, Sub-centre, FRU and District hospital.
  • Case Studies
  • Communication and Counselling training through role plays and other interactive formal and non-formal methods including PLA, PRA technique.
  • Management Technique exercises.        
  • Study of Social structure- house to house survey to identify socio-demographic information, socio-cultural information, social problems and health problems of a community. Involvement in resource mobilization and implementation of health promotion education program.
  • Report Writing, Form/Proforma filling and interpretation exercises

Evaluation :

  • Students will be assessed through continuous classroom assessment
  • Periodic and terminal tests on Theoretical, Practical, Viva-voce and assessment during Journal Work, Case studies, Report Writing, Presentation and Project Work. (Details along with the course content)


  1. Three months Internship (on rotation) at Sub-centre/ PHC/ CHC/District Hospital under supervision of I/C Medical Officers to learn Health System and National Health Programs.
  2. Students practice clinical examination includes history taking, physical examination of cases of ANC, PNC, women in labour, Leprosy, Tuberculosis, Malaria, geriatric patient, handicapped/ malnourished children, mentally ill patients and patients of communicable & non-communicable diseases to identify; provide basic care and refer to higher centres for management. Students will learn clinical case management, clinical hands on training and practice on various procedures, screening of diseases (communicable & NCD) and health education/ counselling.
  3. Students will also learn the clinical management of these cases; including primary and comprehensive health care. They will also be learning to follow adherence to National protocol of treatment and care as per the guidelines of National Health Program. Students will be given opportunities to perform primary care of common conditions and package of 12 services that has been identified for preventive, promotive and basic curative services of MCH, Family Planning, Communicable diseases, screening for non-communicable diseases, management of acute simple illness, basic management of eye, nose & throat (ENT), dental, screening for mental health conditions, care for adolescents and elderly and effective referral services.

Students will record the case studies and procedures in the Log-book prepared by NIPHTR.

Examination and Award of Diploma

Evaluation & Grading System:

Evaluation will be done by Semester and Choice Based Credit System as per the guidelines of University Grants Commission (UGS) by Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Semester I -24 credits

(Theory- 4 credits / paper & Practical- 3 credits/ paper + 3 credits viva-voce)

Semester II -24 credits

(Theory- 4 credits / paper & Practical- 3 credits/ paper + 3 credits viva-voce)

Internship- 4 credits
Total – 52 credits

Grades & 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 --

A student obtaining Grade F shall be considered failed and will have to reappear in the examination.

Award of Diploma:

Diploma for PGDCHC is awarded by International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai to the successful students in a convocation ceremony every year. A student whose overall performance adjudged to the best, are awarded the IIPS Gold and Silver Medal.