Community Health Worker Certificate
Community health workers teach the basics of good health and link people to health care and social service systems. Upon completion of Minneapolis College’s Community Health Worker (CMHW) certificate, you’ll be able to help improve health care access for underrepresented groups, the elderly and the chronically ill.
- You will be trained to work as a liaison between providers, clients and agencies.
- You will develop critical thinking as a framework for solving problems and making decisions.
- You will gain an understanding of how ethics influences client care.
- You will learn how to gather and record appropriate client and community information.
- You’ll acquire knowledge of basic concepts of the most common diseases found in client populations.
Certificate price: $5,950
Ask your local WorkForce Center about funding! This certificate is a WIOA-certified training program. Check your employee benefits! See if you’re eligible for professional development funding.
Courses can be taken individually, but you must complete all eight courses to receive the Community Health Worker Certificate. Courses are offered each semester. All courses are taught on Minneapolis College’s downtown Minneapolis campus.
- The Community Health Worker Role: Advocacy and Outreach - This course focuses on the role of the community health worker's personal safety, self-care, personal wellness, and the promotion of health and/or disease prevention of clients.
- Organizations and Resources: Community and Personal Strategies - This course focuses on the Community Health Worker's knowledge of the community and the ability to prioritize and organize work. Emphasis is on the use and critical analysis of resources and on problem solving.
- Community Health Worker's Role in Teaching and Capacity-Building - This course focuses on the community health worker's role in teaching and increasing capacity of the community and of the client. Emphasis is on establishing healthy lifestyles and clients developing agreements to take responsibility for achieving their health goals. You will learn and practice methods for planning, developing and implementing plans with clients to promote wellness.
- The Community Health Worker: Legal and Ethical Responsibilities - This course focuses on the legal and ethical dimensions of the community health worker's role. You will study the boundaries of the community health worker position, agency policies, confidentiality, liability, mandatory reporting, and cultural issues that can influence legal and ethical responsibilities.
- Community Health Worker: Coordination, Documentation and Reporting - This course focuses on the importance and ability of the community health worker to gather, document, and report on client visits and other activities. The emphasis is on appropriate, accurate, and clear documentation with consideration of legal and agency requirements.
- Communications Skills and Cultural Competence - This course provides the content and skills in communication to assist community health workers in effectively interacting with a variety of clients, their families, and a range of health care providers. You will learn about communicating verbally and non-verbally, listening and interviewing, networking, building trust, and working in teams. You will practice communication skills in the context of culture and any implications that can affect client communication.
- Health Promotion Competencies - This course provides basic concepts regarding healthy lifestyles, and specific information about heart disease and stroke, diabetes, cancer, oral health, mental health, and maternal/child/teen health necessary for the Community Health Worker to foster holistic health practices and implement prescribed plans of care with clients.
- Community Health Worker Internship - The 80-hour internship course provides you the opportunity to prepare for independent work as a Community Health Worker. You will work in a role promoting the health and well-being of individuals through an agency experience. This course requires instructor permission to register. A clear background check must be on file before start of Internship on-site hours.
Students can take Minneapolis College’s Community Health Worker courses one of two ways.
- Students may enroll in a course for college credit through Academic Affairs. The credit course information offered through Academic Affairs can be found here.
- Students may enroll in the non-credit option through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development department.
Not sure which option is right for you? Here are some things to consider:
- The option through Continuing Education doesn’t require you to be a student or apply to the college.
- Participants who successfully complete the course through the Continuing Education office will NOT receive college credit, and instead receive Continuing Education Units also known as CEU’s.
- The continuing education course is not factored into a student’s grade point average or G.P.A.
Please note, once students have started their non-credit class, they cannot switch to the credit-bearing course and vice versa.
- To register for this non-credit option, students do not need to apply to become a Minneapolis College student.
- The Community Health Worker credit and non-credit classes are the exact same course.
- The course cost is similar.
- Attendance is mandatory and taken as Pass/Fail.
- Credit courses will appear on a student’s academic transcript, where non-credit classes will not.
- Books and materials are included in course price. You will receive them on the first day of class.
- If you are currently employed, check with your employer for tuition reimbursement options.
- In order to qualify to take these courses, you must have previously successfully completed a credit course or have an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.
- Background studies must be cleared through Department of Human Services prior to starting internship.
If you have specific questions about the non-credit course offerings or course dates, times, or please contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 612-659-6500.