Community Health Worker

Community Health Worker

Community Health Workers work with people in case management, education and advocacy roles to promote wellness in a variety of settings. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers provide a link between the community, healthcare practitioners and social services professionals. In addition to direct care, community health workers also participate in community-based education, advocacy, policy and change efforts to improve comprehensive healthcare delivery. Community Health Workers play a significant role in serving our diverse communities.

Students in the Community Health Worker program at Harper College are trained in such areas as case management, medical terminology, community health, and working with diverse populations. The program prepares students for community health positions such as community health advocates, lay health educators, community health representatives, patient navigators, and Promotores de Salud. The program is ideal for those seeking immediate employment in the community health field, or pursuing additional education.

This 17 credit-hour certificate program is an open enrollment program which provides entry level education and field experience for students wishing to obtain a position as a Community Health Worker. The certificate can be completed in two semesters with full-time study in the first semester and professional practice experience in semester two, or on a part-time basis over three semesters. Following completion of this program, students commonly pursue an Associate Degree in Human Services or a related profession.




Next steps

For more information, contact Valerie Walker, Human Services Program Coordinator, at 847.925.6059 at