May 29, 2023  
2022-2023 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2022-2023 SGPP Catalog and Handbook

Community Health Worker Certificate

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Program Description

A community health worker (CHW) operates in the health and social services arenas. A core role of a community health worker is to help individuals and communities navigate complex medical and social service systems. A CHW promotes wellbeing through health education. Students taking the Community Health Worker elective courses learn to combine technical skills, as well as language and cultural proficiencies, to advance preventative health and support people living with chronic illness.

Program Outcomes

  1. Understand the role, responsibilities, and limitations of a community health worker.
  2. Explain the legal and ethical guidelines around confidentiality, documenting and reporting, agency policies, and cultural considerations that a community health worker works within.
  3. Navigate complex medical and social service systems.
  4. Analyze resources to help individuals access needed supports.
  5. Advocate for individual, community and capacity building needs.
  6. Develop skills to communicate with individuals, communities, and providers to promote health and wellbeing.

Elective Structure and Delivery

The Community Health Worker Certificate courses are delivered fully online.  They are taken in sequence as electives within a designated bachelor of science completion program.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate courses 14 cr.
Internship course 2 cr.
Total 16 cr.



The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

The Community Health Worker certificate is open to students currently enrolled in a designated bachelor of science completion program. Students should contact their Program Director regarding application and admission. 

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