How to Become a Community Health Worker

How to Become a Community Health Worker

1. Decide on a Type of Community Health Worker

Since "community health worker" is a broad term referring to a wide array of positions that work as intermediaries between communities and health care systems, the educational and professional requirements to vary wildly.

Some positions may require only a high school diploma, while others may need a master's or doctoral degree. There is a lack of standardization in the field in terms of educational requirements and training prerequisites.

2. Earn a Bachelor's Degree (4 Years)

Although community health care workers are known to successful find employment without a diploma, a college degree is highly recommended. Community health care workers are not licensed, however, some employers require them to continue education and training. If you've chosen a career path that requires a bachelor's degree, begin your search for a school that will meet the education and/or professional requirements to take a position in your chosen field.

The preparation timeline below provides an example x curriculum:

Grade Level Example Courses
  • General Chemistry I & Lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab
  • Consumer and Environmental Health
  • Society and Drugs
  • Society and Sex
  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Math I
  • Humanities Requirements
  • Electives
  • Nutrition I
  • Organic Chemistry I & Lab
  • Society and the Family
  • Sociology of Organizations
  • Community Health
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Introduction to Public Health Math II
  • Humanities Requirements
  • Electives
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Foundations of Health Education
  • Health Communication and Social Marketing
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Youth
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Organization and Implementation of Community Health Programs
  • Humanities Requirements
  • Electives
  • Community Health
  • Methods in Health Education
  • Worksite Health Promotion
  • Public Relations
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Professional Writing