The Community Health Worker Certificate At CCSF

The Community Health Worker Certificate Program at City College of San Francisco is a 17 unit program, designed to prepare individuals for work in community-oriented health and social service fields. Community Health Workers provide health education, information and referrals and advocacy in both clinical and community settings.

All of our classes are offered in the evenings and the certificate takes approximately 2 semesters (Fall & Spring) to complete. Credits are applicable towards a CCSF Associate Degree and are transferable to San Francisco State University.

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Career Opportunities

Job opportunities are expanding for Community Health Workers (CHW), with the majority of growth being in public health and community based organizations.

CHWs work in many areas of health care using various skills.  Half of them work in clinics and half of them work in community based agencies.  They have such titles such as health worker, outreach worker, community health outreach worker (CHOW), public health aide, case manager/case worker, and promotora, health ambassador, and counselor/peer counselor amongst others.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health accepts the CHW Certificate as equivalent to six out of twelve months of experience required for hiring health workers.

The Certificate is also designed for in-service development of professionals already working as Community Health Workers and in public health departments and community based organizations.

Community Health Worker Program

Certificate Curriculum

The Certificate requires completion of 17 units. Each course must be completed with a final grade of C or higher or Credit.

New students seeking a Community Health Worker Certificate must successfully complete Health 59 with a “C” or better or be current Community Heath Workers PRIOR to entering the program.  
PREREQUISITE INTRODUCTORY COURSE
Course
Units
Health 59 -- Introduction to Community Health Work
1
 
Courses Required for the Certificate of Completion in Community Health Worker
Course
Units
Health 60* -- CHW Skills
3
Health 62* -- CHW Field Work: Health Services
2
Health 61* -- Prep for Field Experience
3
Health 63* -- CHW Field Experience
2
Health 64* -- Health Education and Prevention
3
Electives -- total electives units (see below)
4
Total Units
17
 
* Note: HLTH 60 (3 units) and HLTH 62 (2 units) are taken concurrently in the Fall.
* Note: HLTH 61 (3 units) and HLTH 63 (2 units) are taken concurrently in the Spring.
 
Students must complete 4 units from the following list of electives:
Course
Units
HLTH 10 - Health and Aging
3
HLTH 20 - Sexual Well Being
3
HLTH 25 - Women's Health Issues
3
HLTH 26 - Women's Health:  Adv Issues
3
HLTH 27 - Men's Health Issues
3
HLTH 38 - Trauma Response and Recovery
3
HLTH 40 - Urban Health Policy
3
HLTH 42 - Intro to Social Marketing for Health
1
HLTH 45 - AIDS: The Epidemic
1
HLTH 46 - Immigrant Health
3
HLTH 65 - Youth Leadership and Public Health
3
HLTH 66 - Chronic Conditions
3
HLTH 83 - Motivational Interviewing
3
HLTH 90B - Harm Reduction and Health
0.5
HLTH 116 - Conflict Resolution
1
HLTH 221 - Health and Social Justice
3
 
ERT 104 - Intro to Phlebotomy
3.5
MED 49 - Clinical Procedures
4
 
IDST 54 - Politics of Sexual Violence
3
IDST 55 - Ending Sexual Violence: Peer Ed
3
IDST 80-81 - Diversity & Social Justice
0.5 - 1
 
ADMJ 51 - Juvenile Procedures
3
ADMJ 59 - Organized Crime and Gangs
3
 
HLTH 12 - Health Providers Basic Life Support/First Aid
- or -
HLTH 14 - Adv First Aid and Emergency Care
1 - 2
 
HLTH 67 - HIV/STI Prevention Education
- or -
HLTH 76 - Group Facilitation
3
 
HLTH 94 - Transgender Health:  An Overview
- or -
HLTH 95 - Transgender Health:  Working with Clients and Communities
- or -
HLTH 96 - Transgender Health:  Public Health Strategies
0.5 - 1
 
LERN 51 - College Success Basics
- or -
LERN 52A - Specific Study Strategies
- or -
LERN 52B - Specific Study Strategies
- or -
LERN 62 - Successful Job Search Techn
0.5 - 1
 
SUPV 231 - Supervision/Management
- or -
SUPV 234 - Communication for Bus. Mgmt
3
 
MABS 202 - PowerPoint
- or -
MABS 391 - Word Proc/Microsoft Word
3
 
CHW Field Work/Experience
*Field experience is an integral part of the certificate and is required, students will complete a minimum of 128 hours in the field (during the Spring semester) to complement the classroom experience by putting theory into practice.
 
Teaching Methodology and Instruction Modes
Our CHW curriculum teaches core competencies common to 70 community health job titles. We use a unique pedagogy that combines performance-based and popular education, which taps the power of student’s own experiences in issues such as poverty, ethnicity, cultural and illness. This grounds the mastery of skills in discussion of the students' own experiences and study of the large social-economic determinants of health.

Classes and internships are led by a diverse teaching team that work in the community health profession  We encourage active learning and participation that incorporates students’ life experiences.    

Core courses incorporate various teaching methodologies such as collaborative learning, group work, projects, and individual writing assignments. Materials are presented in a variety of media including written form, oral presentations from guest speakers and class members, audio and visual instruction, and scenario work.
Topics include: overview of the urban health crisis, ongoing changes in managed care; welfare and immigration rights;  Fundamentals in health advising, documentation, patient follow-up, care coordination and referrals; Client intake and orientation;  Overview of specific health topics such as asthma, domestic violence, HIV and diabetes; Multi-cultural competence; time and stress management’ and Resume writing and job interviewing skills.  In addition, we will touch upon the global economy and its impact on community health as well as on tools available in organizing for environmental change.