Bridge to Community Health Work Certificate

This is a 105-hour non-credit certificate for students who plan to pursue a career as a community health worker in which students gain exposure and  develop skills to enter the field.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

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Class descriptions

HUSV 500A
This course will be part of the non-credit community health worker certificate. 500A will be the introductory course in a two-segment sequence. In 500A students will be introduced to community health worker occupations, gain skills relevant to the field, and identify job opportunities. Community health workers: “Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.” U.S. Department of Labor. Community health workers are in demand within our communities and an increasing number of community health workers are needed. At the national level the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects nationally over 18,000 new job openings for community health workers by 2024. Currently there are over 6,000 community health workers in California, with an overall mean average pay of around $22 dollars an hour. There is a need for more trained workers in this field. This non-credit certificate is an important start for students interested in careers as a community health worker

  • Learn to conduct health outreach
  • Learn about health education
  • Learn techniques for informal client centered counseling

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of various career opportunities as a community health worker. 2. Explain on-the-job responsibilities of community health workers.
    3. Describe the core competencies of a community health worker, as specified by the California Association of Community Health Workers.

HUSV500B
This course will be part of the non-credit community health worker certificate program. 500B will be the second course in a two-segment sequence. In HUSV 500B students will continue to explore the community health worker occupation, gain skills relevant to the field, and identify job opportunities. Community health workers: “Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.” U.S. Department of Labor. Community health workers are in demand within our communities and an increasing number of community health workers are needed. At the national level the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects nationally over 18,000 new job openings for community health workers by 2024. Currently there are over 6,000 community health workers in California, with an overall mean average pay of around $22 dollars an hour. There is a need for more trained workers in this field. This non-credit certificate be an important start for students interested in careers as a community health worker.

  • Develop professional growth plan
  • Learn community assessment skills
  • Explore health agencies and prospective employers

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with a specific agency or strand of work within the field of community health worker. 
  2. Develop a personal guided pathway plan and establish career goals. 
  3. Continue development of the core competencies of a community health worker, as specified by the California Association of Community Health Workers.