Community Health Worker

Program Goal

Community health workers (CHWs) are trusted members of the community they serve who assist individuals and communities in their adoption of healthy behaviors. Community health workers may conduct outreach for community or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health.

Additionally, community health workers may also provide: information on available resources, social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, services such as first aid and blood pressure screening and collect data to help identify community health needs.


This 16-week, non-credit program combines 128 hybrid classroom hours with 60 service learning hours. The classroom instruction covers topics such as the role of community health workers, public health, chronic disease management, mental health, health outreach, community organizing and advocacy, client-centered counseling, conducting client interviews, care management and home visits. The service learning experience provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and participate in resource gathering, networking and outreach, and job shadowing.

Upon successful completion of the CHW training program, candidates are eligible to apply for the Community Health Worker credential through the Missouri Credentialing Board.

Schedule and Location

The classroom instruction is held at the William J. Harrison Education Center. Students must be available during daytime hours on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings for the classroom instruction and at other times as needed to complete service learning hours. Virtual classroom instruction may be used to meet COVID-19 restrictions.

Technology Requirements

The CHW program is currently being delivered in a hybrid format. Students will need the following technology to participate in the program.

  • Desktop or laptop computer with an updated operating system (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux). NOTE: Cell phones will not be sufficient for completing the coursework requirements in this program.
  • Webcam and microphone.
  • Reliable, high-speed internet connection.
  • Updated Internet browser (Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox).
  • Adobe Reader or alternative PDF reader (free).
  • Microsoft Office. NOTE: Students have access to MS Office 365 with their student email.

Eligibility Requirements

Enrollment in the CHW program is highly selective and seats fill quickly. All candidates that apply will be required to:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrate academic and career readiness
  • Demonstrate passion for community health work

Program Cost

Grant funding is available for those selected.

How to Get Started

Candidates interested in the Community Health Worker training program should complete an online application then follow the instructions to submit their resume and cover letter.

  1. Complete your online program application
  2. Submit your resume and cover letter to our program staff. Include skills, experience and interests that reflect your passion to serve your community and promote community health.
  3. Inform our staff if you intend to complete this program as part of your current employment.


These are the anticipated start dates for this training. Enrollment is highly selective and seats may fill prior to the application deadline.

Start Date: August 24

End Date: December 17

Application Period: June 15 - August 2

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