The Community Health Worker (CHW)

Certificate Program  

The CHW Program trains and certifies students to work in the fields of public health, health care and social services. Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide a wide range of services, including health outreach and education, client-centered counseling and case management, and client and community-based advocacy.  They work to reduce unequal rates of illness and death between different communities and to promote health equity or justice, prioritizing communities with the greatest health risks.

CHW Course List for Fall 2020:

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The CHW Certificate Program was established in 1992.

Certificate requirements, beginning Fall 2020

  • Enrollment policies, see how to apply 

  • 14 units of core courses (Health 201, 202, 203 & 203W)

  • 3-4 units of elective courses (see elective courses below)

  • A 120-hour internship placement (150 hours for paid internships)

  • A final Performance-Based Exam (PBE) administered by local public health experts

Elective Course Options

Students can select from the following courses to customize their certificate and receive training in different areas of emphasis such working with elders or youth, supporting people coming home from incarceration (re-entry) or supporting people living with HIV or Hepatitis diseases:

  • Health 10: Health and Aging.  3 units
  • Health 64: Health Education Training: Skills and Practice.  3 units.
  • Health 65: Youth Development and Leadership. 3 units.
  • Health 66: Chronic Conditions Management. 3 units.
  • Health 67: HIV and Hepatitis Navigation Skills.  3 units.
  • Health 91C: Hepatitis ABCs.  1 unit
  • Health 91H: Elder Abuse Prevention.  1 unit
  • Health 95: Transgender Health: Working with Clients & Communities. 1 unit.
  • Health 110: Health impacts of Incarceration.  3 units

NOTE: Students who enrolled in the CHW Program before the Fall of 2020 have Catalog Rights, and may choose to complete the courses that were required for a certificate at the time of their enrollment.  If you have questions about Catalog Rights, please contact the CHW Program Coordinator or Health Education Department Chair.

Learning Outcomes

The CHW Certificate is designed to prepare students for employment and professional success.  Learning outcomes are based on input from local employers, program graduates who are working in the field, and research and emerging standards for the CHW profession.  

Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Analyze and evaluate public health concepts and information for health promotion.

  • Assess and integrate professional skills necessary for employment in the CHW field.

  • Evaluate and implement entry-level proficiency in CHW core competencies for working effectively with diverse individuals, groups and communities.

Suggested Course Schedule

Fall Semester 1 

Course Number

Course Title



HLTH 201

CHW Principles & Practice 1



Elective Courses                                               3-4

Spring Semester 2

Course Number

Course Title



HLTH 202

CHW Principles & Practice 2



HLTH 203

Professional Skills for CHWs 




      CHW Internship Placement




The goal of the Community Health Worker Certificate Program is to prepare and train individuals for positions in community-oriented health and social services agencies and programs, provide health education, information and referrals, and client advocacy in both clinic and community settings. The program emphasizes health education and promotion as well as specific competencies for work in underserved and/or linguistically isolated communities.  We are also committed to increasing workforce diversity in public health and primary care in order to better serve people of color who now represent the majority in California.