Community Health Worker (CHW)

Course Description:   A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a trusted individual who contributes to improved health outcomes in the community. CHWs serve the communities in which they reside or communities with which they may share ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, or life experiences. The term “community health worker,” includes but is not limited to other titles such as outreach worker, patient navigator and promotores de salud.  

This course provides lecture and clinical practice in the roles of a community health worker. It includes a study of six major areas: healthcare, social services, communication skills, health education, and individual and community advocacy. This course content meets the educational requirements by the Pennsylvania Certification Board to apply for professional certification as a community health worker.

Methodology:  Lecture, group work, online discussion, written assignments, and quizzes.


Objectives: Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Obtain an introduction to the role and life of a Community Health Worker
  • Build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy
  • Identify health promotion, disease prevention, and behavioral strategies as a part of primary health care
  • Examine career paths and options for continuing education and career development
  • Serve as a liaison between communities and health care agencies\Enhance community residents’ ability to effectively communicate with healthcare providers
  • Discuss the fundamental background about biological function of the human body
  • Assess basic vital signs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of barriers to primary health care and the importance of health equity/equality
  • Provide guidance and social assistance to community residents
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship of culture and individuals’ health practices, beliefs
  • Discuss basic effective communication techniques and barriers to effective communication
  • Introduce the guiding principles (CHWs) use in their practice
  • Provide referral and follow-up services or otherwise coordinates care
  • Identify and help enroll eligible individuals in federal, state, and local private or nonprofit health and human services programs
For more information please contact:
Program Coordinator
Nina Kottcamp
For more details visit:
Online course registration and payments are limited to one per person.


Format: Online:  

Zoom Sessions (Tuesday/Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Instructor: Lamont J. Tubbs, MPP, BS, C-CHW

Course Length: 12 weeks/120-hours

Start date: 9/7/21

End date: 11/11/21 

Textbook: Foundations for Community Health Workers 2nd Edition;Tim Berthold

ISBN: 978-1-119-06081-9

Please be advised that once you have registered and paid for the online course, you have 30 days to login to the online course.  After 30 days, if you have not logged into the online course, you will be withdrawn from the course and issued a 100% refund.  

We are unable to offer refunds once you have logged into the course. 

15 seats available.
Price: $1,295.00