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Public and Community Health

About Our Programs

Public and Community Health

Courses in our Health (HLTH) schedule of classes and course catalog support the study of both public and community health programs.

Degrees & Certificates

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science for Transfer

Certificate of Achievement (CA)


Certificate of Achievement in Community Health Work (CHW)

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Join our Fall 2024 Cohort!

Our 15-unit certificate program combines health education and real-world job training to prepare students for a career in community health work in less than a year. 

CHWs can work in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, community based organizations, and health insurance organizations. CHW's focus on connecting people to resources aimed at ensuring health and reducing the burden of chronic and infectious disease.

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Hybrid and Fully Online Options!

Fully Online: Students who have at least 300 hours of previous experience as a CHW that meet our program objectives of our program can complete their certificate fully online, even those outside of the bay area!

Hybrid: Students new to the CHW field or with experience outside of our objectives must reside in the bay area with access to the South Bay or the East Bay to complete their in-person internships that our program will facilitate.

Interested in Joining? Please fill out our CHW interest form.

Required Courses:

      • HLTH 21: Contemporary Health Concerns (online asynchronous or in-person)
      • HLTH 101: Introduction to CHW (live Zoom class Weds (Jan-March) from 6:00p-8:50p; some async work)
      • CNSL 6: Exploring Leadership (online asynchronous with live/in-person options if desired)
      • ITRN 51: Internship (online synchronous - a few live Zoom sessions with instructor and in-person 72-hour internship for those new to the field. Internship waived for CHW's with previous experience but will still need to take the class)

Prerequisites: English-language proficiency is required. All classes will be delivered in English. English speaking and writing skills are necessary. If English is your second language. we offer non-credit ESLL courses.

Questions? Email us at CHW@fhda.edu

More about the CHW Certificate Program

What you'll learn

The Certificate of Achievement in Community Health Worker is for people new to the field AND for existing community health workers who are in need of a certificate to comply with new requirements within the field.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate health navigation and care coordination skills when supporting vulnerable individuals, groups, and communities
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate the dissemination of culturally competent health education to individuals, groups, and communities
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to assist individuals with applications for social services
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply written, verbal, and active listening communication strategies that are professional, courteous, and culturally competent.

What does a CHW do?

CHWs can work in healthcare spaces as part of a healthcare team helping patients with chronic disease and prevention. CHWs can also provide health education, serve as navigators connecting people to resources, or help people fill out complex government applications.

Is the CHW program the right fit for you?

If you have the following skillsets and interests, the CHW program is a good fit for you!

  • Outgoing, trustworthy, eager-to-learn, has leadership skills
  • Passionate about helping people, especially those within vulnerable populations
  • Willing to work in person at sites, including clinics and community-based organizations

What is the salary for CHWs?

  • In the SF Bay Area, CHW's earn an average of $20-$28/hr.

CHW Program: Previous Experience?

No previous experience as a CHW


  • Complete internship in Spring in-person
  • Example locations: Community Health Partnership, Second Harvest Food Bank, AACI, Student Health Centers, etc.

Previous experience as a CHW


  • Internship consists of coursework only; no need to complete an in-person internship if you already have 300 hours or more from volunteer or paid CHW experience that match our program objectives.
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