Health Education

Announcement of Curricula

General Information

The Health Education Department is committed to promoting individual, family and community health, advocating for social justice and the elimination of health inequalities. The Department offers a wide range of courses and career and technical education training programs designed to:

  • Provide students with academic training in the interdisciplinary field of Health Education.
  • Meet Associate Degree and transfer requirements.
  • Train students for careers in public health.
  • Diversify the health work force.

The Department offers a Health Education Major and seven certificate programs for students interested in health-related careers, including the:

  • Community Health Worker Certificate, a 20-unit course of study;
  • Community Mental Health Certificate, a 16-unit course of study;
  • Drug and Alcohol Studies Certificate, a 38.5-unit course of study;
  • Health Care Interpreter Certificate, a 15-unit course of study;
  • Infectious Disease Prevention in Priority Populations Certificate, an 11-unit course of study.
  • Nutrition Assistant Certificate, a 17-unit course of study;
  • Post Prison Health Worker, a 20-unit course of study;
  • Youth Worker Certificate: Organizing, Advocacy, Counseling and Education, a 22-unit course of study

The Department also teaches two required courses for the 15-unit Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate offered through the Interdisciplinary Studies Department.

The Department coordinates a health and social justice based transfer program - the Metro Academy of Health - for students preparing to transfer to California State Universities to complete bachelor's degrees in health education, public health, urban studies, other social sciences, humanities and related fields. Metro Academy of Health is a multiple semester 30-33 unit program of study. Students participate in linked learning community classes in Health Education, English, Speech and Mathematics. Classes are infused with health and social justice content and designed to strengthen writing, oral communication, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills. Metro Academy of Health also emphsizes academic success skills and provides counseling support. For more information, please call the program coordinator at (415) 239-3513.

Degree Curriculum

Certificate Curricula

The Community Health Worker Program offers three linked certificates: The Community Health Worker, Post Prison Health Worker and Youth Worker Certificates. Each Certificate shares core public health foundation principals, competencies and a social justice perspective.

The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for positions in community oriented health and social service fields. The core courses HLTH 201 and HLTH 202 emphasize health eduction and promotion, community building and advocacy as well as competencies for working with specific communities such as immigrant and linguistically isolate communities; youth ages 13-21; and the formally incarcerated and their families. Students may earn one or more of these specialty certificates upon completion of the required courses.

The Community Health Worker (CHW), Post-Prison Health Worker (PPHW) and Youth Worker (YW) Certificates share the same admission requirements, requirement for the Certificate of Accomplishment, an internship requirement, and core foundation classes.

Admission. Admission to the program is based on:

  1. The completion of prerequisite course HLTH 59, "Introduction to Community Health Work" (1 unit), with a grade of "C" or higher, OR documented successful experience as a Community Health Worker.


  2. Submission of a written application (Applications are due each year in May)

Any student who receives a grade less than a "C" in HLTH 201, must re-apply for admission to the program.

For more information, an application or a form for documenting work experience, go to, call (415) 452-7481 or come to MUB 353.

Requirements for the Certificate of Accomplishment. To receive the Certificate of Accomplishment, the following must be satisfied:

  1. An approved internship placement secured during the semester before the start of the internship placement;
    Option 1: Secured during HLTH 201
    Option 2: Internship approved with written permission from the CHW Program Coordinator before the start of HLTH 202.

  2.  Complete 128 internship hours (for PPHW or the YW certificate, internships must be completed at a site serving their respective communities),

  3. A satisfactory evaluation from the internship supervisor,

  4. A "pass" grade on the Performance Based Examination

  5. Completion of the certificate's required units of course work with final grades of "C" or higher or pass.

Note. Students who do not complete their internship placement will have the next 2 semesters to complete their hours with prior approval from the program coordinator. Otherwise, the student must reapply for the program.

Credit toward Transfer. Nine units from the CHW Certificate satisfy graduation requirements for a Bachelor's Degree in Health Education at San Francisco State University.

Below you will find specific information for each certificate program.

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