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Community Health Worker

What it is

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 17-credit Community Health Worker (CMHW) certificate, you’ll be able to help improve health care access for underrepresented groups, the elderly and the chronically ill.

Courses for the Community Health Worker program will not be offered in the 2024-2025 Academic Year.


  • This curriculum was developed specifically for Minnesota’s unique populations and local health/human services organizations, preparing you for a more successful career experience.
  • With an 80-hour internship requirement, you’ll become familiar with many local health and social services agencies and grow comfortable working with people of all ages, needs and backgrounds.
  • This program’s 80 hours of internship may be applied to the internship requirement for an associate degree in the Human Services program.
  • Minneapolis College’s strong ties to local healthcare agencies provide great opportunities to apply your knowledge.
  • You’ll gain exposure to the health perspectives and needs of immigrant and minority populations through hands-on learning opportunities.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Achieve effective communicate with staff and community members to effectively interact with a variety of clients, their families and a range of healthcare providers using verbal, nonverbal and listening skills.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking as a framework for solving problems and decision making.
  3. Incorporate both health and socio/economic determinants when applying principles of health promotion and disease prevention.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge about community resources.
  5. Identify components of a client’s culture and the cultural implications that can affect client communication and healthy behaviors.
  6. Demonstrate the competencies to work, with minimal supervision, as a CHW in an employing agency.