Community Health Worker Program

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The Community Health Worker Program offers three different certificates:

  • Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate, a 18.5-unit course of study
  • Post Prison Health Worker (PPHW) Certificate, a 21-unit course of study that prepares students to work with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated clients and communities
  • Youth Worker (YW) Certificate, a 18.5-unit course of study that prepares students to work with youth and young adults

Review recent changes to the three CHW Certificate Programs:

The three connected certificates share:

  • The same application process and requirements
  • The same 14 units of core courses (Health 201, 202 & 203)
  • A social justice perspective of public health
  • The same requirement to complete a 128-hour internship placement
  • The same final Performance-Based Exam (PBE) administered by local public health experts

To find out more about the specific requirements of each certificate, please go to the links provided below. 


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.

Who We Are

The Community Health Worker Certificate Program is housed in the Health Education Department at City College of San Francisco. We are a group of diverse practicing and teaching instructors that integrate theory into practice to give students real life and practical experience.

Learning Outcomes

The CHW Certificates are designed to prepare students for success in the field.  Learning outcomes are based on input from local employers, and national research and emerging standards for the CHW profession.   They are based on the key knowledge and skills necessary for CHWs to provide quality services to diverse clients and communities. 

Please note that the Learning Outcomes for each Certificate Program have been revised.   Upon successful completion of any of three certificate programs, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning objectives:

  1. Analyze and evaluate health information from public health, behavioral science, biomedical and cultural perspectives, including evidence-based approaches and best practices for health promotion.
  2. Evaluate and implement entry-level proficiency in key CHW skills including client-centered assessment, counseling or coaching, health education and case management services, along with skills for group facilitation, community organizing and advocacy.
  3. Develop and integrate job readiness and professional skills necessary for employment in the CHW field including ethics, scope of practice, professional boundaries, conflict resolution, self-care, time management, and skills for providing and receiving constructive feedback.
  4. Appraise and apply core concepts for working effectively with diverse clients and communities, including cultural humility and an ecological perspective

Additional Post Prison Learning Outcomes:

  1. Analyze and implement key concepts and skills for working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated clients and communities including the health impacts of incarceration, barriers to accessing health and social services, and contemporary models for supporting successful re-entry.

Additional Youth Worker Learning Outcomes:

  1. Analyze and apply key concepts and skills for working with youth and young adults including principles of youth development and youth empowerment.