What is the Infectious Disease Prevention in Priority Populations Certificate Program?

The Infectious Disease Prevention in Priority Populations Certificate is a 11-unit program of study to prepare diverse entry-level workers in a variety of community-based public health, health care, and social service settings that address infectious disease prevention and management, primarily HIV, STI's, TB, Hepatitis, and other select communicable diseases. Skills sets in the certificate include case management, outreach, client navigation & linkage, and counseling-motivational interviewing.

What are the Career Opportunities for a graduate of the Infectious Disease Prevention Certificate? 

Our classes and certificate programs are designed to prepare students to work in entry level public health social service settings with a focus on infectious disease prevention education.   Students work as health educators, linkage specialists, outreach workers, case managers, group facilitators, amongst others.

The Certificate is also designed for professional development of professionals already working as Community Health Workers, Drug and Alcohol Counselors, and in public health departments and community based organizations.

Students are strongly encouraged to combine the Infectious Disease Prevention in Priority Populations Certificate with these other certificates as appropriate to their interests to broaden their range of skills, knowledge, and career/employment opportunities.

How much will I earn in this career?
According to California Labor Market Data (2011) reported by the Employment Development Department, Community and Social Services Specialists (a category that includes community health workers) in the San Francisco area make an average hourly wage of $22.79, with a modest rate of job growth (8%).

How long will the program take?

Full time students can complete the certificate in 2-3 semesters. Many students in our program work full time and take longer to complete the certificate.

Are there prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites for admission to the Infectious Disease Prevention certificate program. You must be a currently enrolled student at City College of San Francisco. Some classes in the Infectious Disease Prevention certificate do have prerequisites for enrollment.

When do classes start? 

Foundation classes (HLTH 67 no pre-requisites) begin every semester – although not all classes in the program are offered every semester. Refer to City College Class Schedule for specific dates and times. Also please refer to program information sheet for class sequence offerings.

How do I get into the program? 

First, you need to complete and submit a CCSF admissions application either online (by clicking here), by mail, or in person.  The Admissions & Records office is located in Conlan Hall room E107, 50 Phelan Avenue.  You must have a registration appointment ticket in order to register for classes.  Once you have a registration date, you can register for classes online.

Where will classes be held? 

All classes are held at the Ocean Campus (50 Phelan Avenue).

What time of day are classes offered?

Classes are offered in the evenings and on 2 Saturdays (Health 95).

When and where do I request a Certificate?

You can obtain and complete a Petition for Certificate of Achievement form from the Admissions Office,Conlan Hall, Room E107, by the deadline published in the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes. You should obtain a certificate petition form after completion or during your last semester of coursework in the Infectious Disease Prevention certificate. Certificate Petition forms will also be available for pick up in the Link Center MU 301