The programme is facilitated and managed by The Society For Community Health Awareness, Research And Action (SOCHARA) School of Public Health, Equity and Action (SOPHEA), Bangalore. 

  • Are you a young professional from a civil society / NGO, academic or government service background, considering a challenging vocation in public health with a strong commitment to community health, research and development?
  • Are you planning to join or work with the public health system?
  • Are you planning to support and participate in community health activities including research, campaigns, movements and processes to make “Health for All” a reality?
  • Do you want to understand the social, economic, cultural, and ecological determinants of health and gain skills and experience in inter-sectoral action for health?
  • Would you like to make public health/community health a life option? 


The Community Health Learning Program (CHLP) is a teaching, learning program in community health in the Indian context. It is run by SOPHEA in Bangalore, and is facilitated by a multidisciplinary team from the Community Health Cell (CHC) and the Centre for Public Health and Equity (CPHE) with expertise in community health, public health education and health policy. It promotes a new public health paradigm focused on health equity; social justice; action on the underlying social determinants of health including gender and social exclusion; community participation; inclusive and responsive health systems and healthy public policy including a focus on implementation. A community health approach to public health problems and issues is adopted. 

During the CHLP a monthly stipend of Rs. 8000/- (eight thousand only) per month is provided for full time participants. Candidates will also be considered for non-stipendiary Flexi Internships for periods of 1-3 months. 

Vision and Objectives: The vision of the CHLP is to develop a critical mass of vibrant, optimistic, community health/ public health practitioners, researchers and ‘Health for All’ scholar activists. The one year programme has 6 months of theory taught in an interesting way through modules and interspersed by three phases of experiential field learning of two months duration each.

The program:

  • Promotes life options in community health through a semi structured learning process, in partnership with selected community health projects and field mentors
  • Strengthens the motivation, interest, and commitment of persons to community health.
  • Sharpens analytical skills with a deeper understanding of the social paradigm of community health.
  • Increases the  knowledge base and competencies in community health. 

What will you gain from the CHLP? 

A learning experience in Community Health, and the ‘communitisation’ components of the public health system, through a person and learner centric approach;

An opportunity to learn from various community health initiatives in the country;

A time to share, discuss, reflect on your learning experiences;

An opportunity to be guided by mentors and explore future careers in community or public health. 

When does the programme start? Monday, 2nd February, 2015
How long is the program? One year (including 3 Field Postings of 2 months each)
How many positions are available?  Twenty full time Fellowships & Ten Flexi Internship
Who can apply? Doctors (any system of medicine), Dentists, Nurses, Allied health professionals, Medico-social workers, Persons with Social Science, Management and Law and other relevant backgrounds may also be considered.

The CHLP is an inter-disciplinary program. This provides a rich learning environment with participants from diverse perspectives. Doctors and dentists  with undergraduate degrees (i.e., five and a half years training) are eligible to apply. For candidates from the social science / social work stream a post-graduation is required  along with an interest to work long term in community health / public health. 

Weightage will be given to candidates who are women, adivasi, or from minority or marginalized groups and or from remote, disadvantaged regions and populations. Persons from any part of India may apply. 

A good knowledge of English is required and basic computer literacy is helpful 

How to apply?

  • Write to The Coordinator, CHLP,  SOCHARA, Bangalore by post or email (details given below), with your CV and a brief note on why you wish to join the program.(not more than 500 words)
  • Provide the names of at least two referees with their postal address, telephone numbers and email address.
  • If you are working with an NGO, send a letter of sponsorship if possible since this will be given preference in the selection process.  (This is however not mandatory). 

Please do write to us for any further queries: for short listed candidates, interview will be held inBangalore or by Skype / telephone.  Applicants will need to attend the Bangalore interview (if required) at their own cost. 

Apply to:

The Coordinator – CHLP, SOCHARA-SOPHEA
No. 359, Srinivasa Nilaya, 1st Main, 1st Block, Koramangala, Bangalore – 560 034
Phone : 080-25531518 / 25630934 / 8884399607 Email:


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