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Community Health Worker Training

Public Health

HHP282: Foundations of Community Health (6 credits)

Start Your Career on the Front Lines of Public Health

What is a Community Health Worker?

Frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has a close understanding of the community served. In Oregon, CHWs are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. 

CHWs work in health departments, medical clinics, community organizations & social service agencies.

What you will learn: 

  • How to provide effective patient education: relationship building, behavior change, trauma informed care & group facilitation
  • Community advocacy: community needs assessments & community organizing
  • Case Management - assist patients with accessing community resources and navigating the health care system
  • How to manage home visits
  • Public health essential knowledge: social determinants of health, disease prevention, health across the lifespan, cultural competency & recovery, resilience and wellness models


COCC Community Health Worker program


Course Offered Spring & Fall Terms in a Hybrid Format:

  • 10-week class
  • Weekly online content delivered virtually (no specific class times)
  • In-person classes held six Friday afternoons during the term on a COCC campus (campus location varies by term).
  • See COCC Class Schedule for specific course details (search under "Health & Human Performance").

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance for in-person classes is required for successful completion of the course
  • No academic pre-requisites
  • High school diploma or GED not required
  • Must have reliable access to internet & computer (computer labs available on all COCC campuses)

If you have any questions regarding the class, please contact Sarah Baron at

To register for the course:

COCC degree-seeking students: Complete COCC admissions steps and register for the class.

Non-COCC degree-seeking students:

  • Complete Steps 1 & 2 of COCC’s online Non-Degree Seeking Student application:
    • Step 1: Complete online application and pay one-time $25 application fee
    • Step 2: Activate COCC account
  • Email or call Admissions at 541-383-7500 starting May 30th, 2022 to register for the fall term course.

Oregon Health Authority Community Health Worker Certification requirements:

  • Completion of OHA-approved COCC CHW course
  • Must be 18 years old 
  • Criminal background check required
  • Government issued identification required (state IDs, Driver License, or passport) 
  • Certification valid for 3 years. 20 hours of continuing education is required to renew.

Tuition & Scholarships

In-District Tuition: Approximately $755 (no cost for textbook or certification)

Tuition Scholarship Available for Fall Term course:

Information coming soon.  Please check back.