The Community Health Officer Cadre is the most superior cadre within the Community Health Workers, aimed at coordinating them to meet the health needs of the Nation, Particularly in the rural communities.
In other words, that Primary Health Care should be available, accessible, acceptable and affordable to people in the community.
The academic life of the school commenced in March, 1981 at the premises of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
Initially, it operated a one-year programme and the certificate obtained on the completion of the course was a Diploma in Community Health. In 2008, the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria introduced the two-year Higher Diploma Programme which the institution, has fully complied with. However, following this new development, the academic calendar of the school changed completely from the one year academic session to a four semester-two year academic system. The institution has graduated seven hundred and twenty-six (726) Community Health Officers since inception of the school up till 2008 and 260 from the date of introduction of the two-year Higher Diploma from 2010 up to 2018, making a total of nine hundred and eighty-six (986) Community Health Officers since inception.