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Community Health Worker Certificates

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The Community Health Worker Program offers three different certificates with a common core course sequence: 

  • Community Health Worker
  • Post Prison Health Worker
  • Youth Worker

The three connected certificates offered by the Community Health Worker Certificate Program are The Community Health Worker, Youth Worker, and Post Prison Health Worker Certificates. Each certificate has a different community focus, but share core public health foundation principles, 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 education and promotion, community building and advocacy as well as competencies for working with specific communities such as the underserved and/or linguistically isolated communities; youth ages 13-21; and the formally incarcerated and their families. Students may earn one or more of these speciality certificates upon completion of the specific certificate's required courses.

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



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

Each of the three certificates in this program - which share a common core of courses - have learning outcomes that students can expect to attain through this program.  Here are the Student Learning Outcomes for the Community Health Worker certificate:

Upon successful completion of the Community Health Worker Certificate Program, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning objectives:

  1. Analyze health issues and inequalities from biomedical, public health, and cultural perspectives.
  2. Summarize the process of community organizing, advocacy, and policy development as appropriate to the scope of practice for community health workers.
  3. Discuss and demonstrate non-clinical health assessment, advising, service coordination planning and client-centered counseling.
  4. Assess, and apply professional skills including establishment of goals for internship placement, ethics, scope of practice, professional boundaries, cultural humility, and self care practices.
  5. Evaluate health care delivery systems including eligibility and community resources in order to provide appropriate linkage services to clients.
  6. Demonstrate mastery of the core competency skills of non-clinical health assessment, advising, service coordination planning and client-centered counseling in health setting during internship placement and during performance based exam.
  7. Describe and demonstrate mastery of cultural humility principles and practice in working with diverse clients and communities.
  8. Design, prepare and facilitate a group health education training or presentation demonstrating effective group level teamwork and conflict resolution skills.
  9. Assess and demonstrate job readiness including ability to work as part of a health care team, self-care practices, resume development, construction of a professional portfolio and resource notebook.

Post Prison SLO (includes CHW SLOs)

  1. Examine the multiple factors that influence the causes and consequences of common chronic health conditions across diverse populations
  2. Discuss medical and public health approaches for the successful prevention and treatment and management of chronic conditions, including using a client centered approach, team-based care and the role of frontline providers
  3. Examine the health impacts of incarceration and the social and systemic barriers upon reentry for individuals, families and communities
  4. Compare and contrast alternative criminal justice models and reentry programs that promote positive health outcomes for formerly incarcerated populations

Youth Worker SLO (includes CHW SLOs)

  1. Analyze the relationship between the health of a community and the health of the young person through examining significant health and social issues that affect today’s youth and youth culture
  2. Describe Consider principles of youth development, youth empowerment, and compare various youth development models.