Note: This program is not currently accepting new students.

Community Health Workers are trained advocates in communities where they are connected by culture, language, or residence. They empower individuals to gain access to health and community resources through education, outreach, home visits, mentoring, and referrals.

The Community Health Worker certificate prepares students to work in varied settings, including community-based health and social service agencies, and home visitation programs. Practicum experiences in the community are a major component of the certificate.

Graduates of the certificate program have diverse skills including interviewing, collecting data, obtaining vital signs, mentoring, providing client advocacy, providing referrals to community resources, care coordination, promoting basic health, and working with culturally diverse clients and community organizations.

Current CPR certification, up-to-date immunization verification, and physical exam are required prior to practicum placement.

Credentialing: Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are qualified to apply to the Ohio Board of Nursing for a certificate to practice as a Certified Community Health Worker. A BCI (civilian) and FBI (federal) criminal records check is required by the Ohio Board of Nursing with the application for the certificate to practice.


Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in varied settings, including community-based health and social service agencies and home visitation programs

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Certified Community Health Worker
  • Lay Health Advisor
  • Outreach Educator
  • Health Coach
  • Community Health Representative

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to ExploreHealthCareers.org, jobs in allied health care are expected to increase. Certified Community Health Workers are included in Affordable Care Act provisions to facilitate health promotion and chronic disease care.

$12.50/hr - $14.00/hr

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Churches Active in Northside (CAIN)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Cincinnati Health Department
  • City Gospel Mission
  • Cradle Connections
  • Health Care Access Now (HCAN)
  • Healthy Moms and Babes
  • James N. Gamble Montessori High School
  • NAMI, Urban Greater Cincinnati Network on Mental Illness
  • Santa Maria Community Services
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society Cincinnati
  • Tri-Health Outreach Ministries

Co-op Salary Projections

Students complete required unpaid practicum experience



Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Community Health Worker Certificate (CHW)

Program Prerequisite: Student must meet with the program coordinator prior to enrolling in the program.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
CHW 100 Community Health Worker Training 3 2 4
MCH 106 Health and Wellness Promotion 2 0 2
Semester 2
MCH 116 Cultural Competency for Health and Public Safety Professions 3 0 3
CHW 180 Community Health Worker Practicum 1 8 3
Total Credits: 9 10 12

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