Certificate — Community Health Worker

This 17-credit certificate provides a blend of teacher-based and field-based learning that incorporates effective training environments for students interested in being community health workers. Coursework includes advocacy and outreach; community, capacity building and teaching, communications, competence and legal/ethical implications of community health work; and health promotion competencies. Graduates will also complete a community health worker internship to gain hands-on experience. The program is offered online with just a couple of on-campus sessions. If you cannot reach the Bemidji campus, accommodations will be made for similar experiences in your community.



Community health care paraprofessionals work with individuals and communities to advocate for patients and create community programs that provide or maintain health. Demand for community health workers is expected to grow through the next decade, as are jobs in a variety of health-related career paths. Job titles include community health advocate, health outreach worker, assistant director of nutrition and wellness programs, public health worker, community health adviser, community health program coordinator or community health worker for patients in need of HIV testing (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or HIV counseling.

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Next Steps

The Community Health Worker Certificate prepares graduates as health care paraprofessionals or offers a pathway to advance an academic career in other health- and social services-related fields such as community health, nursing, medical assistant and more.

College Readiness

Prior to entering the Community Health Worker program, students must successfully complete foundational courses determined by the Accuplacer assessment or be waived from these courses based on courses already taken.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
CMHW 1000Advocacy and Outreach3.00
CMHW 1100Community, Capacity Building & Teaching3.00
CMHW 1200Communications, Competence & Legal/Ethical Implications of the CHW3.00
CMHW 1300Health Promotion Competencies3.00
CMHW 1400Community Health Worker Internship2.00
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CPTR 1105Intro to Computers - Medical Applications3.00
SPCH 1110Intro to Public Speaking3.00
Total Credits: 17