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Social and Behavioral Sciences Department

Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Community Health Worker Certificate


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Cheryl Kerr
Program Director

Dr. Joseph Smiley
Dean, Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services

Program Summary

The CHW Section of the APHA (American Public Health Association) has adopted the following definition of a community health worker: A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

A community health worker also builds 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.

The Human Services Program is a Single-Source Provider with the Florida Certification Board (FCB). The coursework in this Certificate satisfies the educational requirements for the Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) examination. There are additional requirements to quality for this examination (i.e., work experience). See the FCB website for details

These courses will apply toward the A.S. degree in Social and Human Services.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0451159903: Community Health Worker

Job Related Opportunities

  • Community Health Worker
  • Healthy Start Worker
  • Community Health Advisors
  • Migrant Workers
  • Health Workers/Liaisons
  • Promotores de Salud

Graduation Rules

Grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses.

Grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses.

Introduction to Intra and Inter-Personal Processes
Issues in Community Health Services
Building Stronger Families and Communities
Social Services and the Disenfranchised
Co-op Work Experience in Human Services
Working with Families in the Early Childhood Period
Working with Families in the Perinatal Period
Total Credits