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Community Healthcare Worker

Community Healthcare Worker

Program Description

This course includes 120 in-class hours and 40 hours of external internship. During this course, students will be introduced to community health concepts, resources, and skills related to the role and responsibilities of a Community Health Advocate locally and nationally.

Program Objectives

During or at the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe community health models and the roles, responsibilities, and skills of a community health advocate and their role in improved community health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of barriers to primary health care.
  • Identify specific community resources related to identified client needs and the process to obtain the services.
  • Describe examples of appropriate personal safety practices during community outreach activities.
  • Identify health promotion and disease prevention behavioral strategies as a part of primary health care.
  • Describe in general terms health payment plans and public sector services.
  • Discuss basic effective communication techniques and barriers to effective communication.
  • Identify the roles and types of documentation and evaluation used by community health outreach programs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship of culture and individuals’ health practices, beliefs, and use of health and social services.

What Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers Do

Promote health within a community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. Serve as an advocate for the health needs of individuals by assisting community residents in effectively communicating with healthcare providers or social service agencies. Act as liaison or advocate and implement programs that promote, maintain, and improve individual and overall community health.

Work Environment

Health education specialists and community health workers are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Most work full time.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of health education specialists and community health workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About 16,000 openings for health education specialists and community health workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as retiring.


The median annual wage for community health workers was $46,590 in May 2021. The median annual wage for health education specialists was $60,600 in May 2021.

Program Cost

$1,650. Tuition assistance is offered as needed.

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