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Community Health Worker

Specialized Certificate

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About the Community Health Worker Program

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Essentials of Community Health WorkFPM-40679

Units: 4.00

TBD

Community health workers (CHWs) are trusted members of the community who empower others through education and connections to health and social resources. CHWs serve as frontline public healthcare advo...

Upcoming Start Dates:
July 5, 2023
July 8, 2023
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

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Healthcare Support AdministratorFPM-40681

Units: 4.00

TBD

Healthcare Support Administrators (medical secretaries) are essential staff members of all hospitals and medical centers. The main responsibilities include handling administrative and clerical tasks a...

Upcoming Start Dates:
October 1, 2023
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Fundamental Skills in Community Health WorkFPM-40687

Units: 4.00

TBD

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental soft skills necessary to become a successful community health worker. Participants will gain an understanding of the social determinant...

Upcoming Start Dates:
January 8, 2024
Typically Offered: Winter

Advanced Skills in Community Health WorkFPM-40688

Units: 4.00

TBD

This course provides an in-depth exploration of advanced concepts and skills related to community health workers. Students will gain knowledge and practice in program planning and management, evaluati...

Upcoming Start Dates:
January 8, 2024
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Medical Terminology: An Anatomy and Physiology ApproachFPM-40632

Units: 1.50

$295

Using an anatomy and physiology systems approach, this course reviews common terms associated with medical practice, research, and different healthcare settings. The goal: to better prepare individual...

Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Admissions

Admission to the specialized certificate in Community Health Work is by application only. Applications are reviewed by UC San Diego School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science. Questions regarding the application or application process should be directed to Debbie Loomis: d1loomis@health.ucsd.edu.

This program is open to aspiring Community Health Workers and experienced Community Health Workers. Applicants from refugee and Native American communities preferred. This enrollment application should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Currently accepting applications for the winter 2024 cohort! 

Partners

This program is an academic-community collaborative led by The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego with support from Somali Family Service of San Diego and UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies. Additional community partners are involved in the development and implementation of the community health worker training initiative.


 

Apprenticeship

Certificate graduates will have the option of joining an apprenticeship program to practice on-the-job acquired skills. More information to be provided soon.

Program Support

The Community Health Worker Specialized Certificate program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a federal grant award. The contents of the program do not neccearily represent the official view of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov. . 

Advisory Board

Wael Al-Delaimy, Ph.D.

Professor

UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health

Karen Connolly, M.S.W., M.P.H.

Director of Workforce Development

San Diego Workforce Partnership

Agnes Hajek, M.S.W.

Health Equity Administrator

Somali Family Service of San Diego

Nicole Howard, M.P.H.

Executive Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer

Health Quality Partners

Debbie Loomis, M.A.

Project Manager

UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health

Chag Lowry, M.Ed.

Administrative Director

UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health

Sandra Martinez

Manager of Patient Engagement

Family Health Centers of San Diego

Ahmed Sahid

President and CEO

Somali Family Service of San Diego

Manupriya Sharma, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Director of Business Development & Analytics

Somali Family Service of San Diego

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Admission to the specialized certificate in Community Health Work is by application only. Applications must be submitted to the UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science.