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Community Health Worker (AS) Health Sciences Total Units: 28.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2016


The Community Health Worker major program combines interactive course work and practical community experience to develop health outreach professionals as members of health care teams. These teams provide appropriate, practical services to medically under-served and high-risk populations, working with individuals, families, and communities through Health and Human Services programs, community health clinics and other health agencies and organizations.

Students will experience a variety of community health outreach strategies and techniques, including examining common disease and health problems, motivating health behavior change, preventing disease and injury, identifying and using community health resources, working with a health team, respecting cultural diversity, translating and interpreting (medical, cultural, linguistic), building trust and networks within communities, and improving client access to medical care.

Research in the Bay Area and in other areas of the United States is pointing toward a great potential for community health workers to play an expanded role in the U.S. health care system. In Sonoma County there are numerous community health workers with varying job titles and job descriptions who have had differing agency training. There is a demonstrated need for standardization of training. Students in the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Health Worker program will include both currently working Community Health Workers and individuals wishing to become Community Health Workers.

This program of study is also available as an Certificate Degree certificate option. Click here for more information about the program, or contact the Health Sciences Department.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a variety of community health outreach strategies and techniques, that include examining common disease and health problems, motivating health behavior changes, preventing disease and injury, identifying and using community health resources, respecting cultural diversity, translating and interpreting (cultural, linguistic, and/or medical), establishing networks within communities, and improving client access to medical care; and
  2. work effectively as a member of a health care team, implement effective case management, communication, interpersonal and professional skills.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Community Health Worker (AS) program are:

  • Complete 28.5 units from
    • Community Health Worker Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Community Health Worker Requirements - complete 27.50 units
CHW 150 Introduction to Community Health Work1.00
CHW 151 Outreach Techniques and Strategies3.00
CHW 151L Outreach Experience2.50
CHW 152 Health Issues and Resources3.00
CHW 152L Outreach Experience II2.50
CHW 153 Community Health Education3.00
CHW 154 Disease Prevention and Health Promo Vulnerable Populations3.00
CHW 155 Mental Health Promotion2.50
HLE 5 Personal Health and Wellness3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANAT 58 Introduction to Human Anatomy3.00
ANAT 40 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4.00
ANAT 140 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology2.00
CHLD 10 Child Growth and Development3.00
COMM 7 Intercultural Communication3.00
HLC 140 Health Care Implications of Anatomy and Physiology1.00
HLC 160 Medical Terminology3.00
PSYCH 1A General Psychology3.00
PSYCH 5 Abnormal Psychology3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2016

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2017

Previous Versions:

Community Health Worker - effective Spring 2011
Community Health Worker - effective Fall 2005

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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