Certificate in Community Health Worker


The Community Health Worker Postsecondary Certificate aims to educate individuals to be trusted frontline public health workers who address disparities affecting quality of health service delivery. Community health workers provide the link between community members and health and social services, serving as an advocate in addressing disparities. Certificate students will gain knowledge and skills to be responsive to the neighborhoods they serve, establish relationships in their community, and advocate for equitable access to health and social services that impact their community members’ quality of life. Students will facilitate community health capacity by building members’ health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities.

As a result of taking the Community Health Worker Certificate, students will be armed with the following skills:

  • Establish rapport with community members and health care providers
  • Act as a liaison between the community and health and social services
  • Increase the care coordination between community members/patients and health care providers
  • Connect to community members with similar background
  • Advocate for and improve community member/patient health outcomes
  • Address various social determinants of health in the community

Program Requirements

Core Requirements (18 credits)

PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology
SNHP 220 Health Promotion, Policy and Politics
SNHP 230 Community Health Workers in the U.S
SNHP 228 Patient Advocacy
SNHP 321 Health & Wellness Programming

Program Policies

Transfer Credit Policy: Transfer credits may be accepted for a certificate program if they meet the student’s planned degree program just as they are for undergraduate degree programs.  Students may transfer up to six total credits in alignment with the certificate curriculum.  All other Trinity transfer credit policies apply.

Stackable Credentials: Trinity certificate courses may be applied to degree programs.  Students enrolled in degree programs at Trinity may simultaneously pursue a certificate and these courses will count toward both credentials.

Academic Standing: Students must earn a C or better in all college level courses in order for the courses to count toward the post-secondary certificate.  Courses in the certificate programs are repeatable.  Satisfactory academic progress is a criterion for the award of financial aid.  Students not making academic progress will be referred to their academic advisor for academic counseling.  All other Trinity academic policies and procedures apply to certificate courses.