Course Description

Temple University Harrisburg Community Health Worker Training Program (CHW) 

CHW Check-In

Are you passionate about health issues and conditions that impact health? Do you want to make a difference in your community? If yes, the Temple University Harrisburg CHW Training Program might just be right for you!


What is CHW?

CHW-trained staff are a valuable addition to agencies dedicated to improving individual and community health outcomes. Staff using CHW skills are often already connected to the community they plan to serve and may share important cultural bonds such as ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status or other life experiences with members. CHW skills may be applied to a variety of job roles such as:

  • Community Health Worker;
  • Client Navigator;
  • Promotores de Salud;
  • Home-Visitor;
  • Educator;
  • Advocate;
  • Counselor; or
  • Social worker.



Participants who complete the TUH CHW Training Program will learn core community health promotion skills for success. They will emerge inspired and well-equipped to educate and advocate between individuals and their health care and other providers. A certificate is awarded upon completion of this 120 hour program.

  • Completion of this 120-hour certificate meets the Education requirement of the PA Certification Board CCHW credential


Course Outline

Through the program, participants will have six graded assignments including:

  • Class participation
  • Journal entries
  • Quizzes
  • Healthy topic presentation
  • Roleplay
  • Client Simulation


Breakdown of program material:

1. Community Health Foundations (48 hours)

Social Determinants of Health, Cultural Humility & Health Beliefs

Health Information, Literacy & Medical Terms

Ethics and Professionalism

Trauma-informed Practice and Self-care

2. Community Health Counseling (48 hours)

Person-centered, Strengths-based & harm-reduction approaches

Health Interviews, Progress Notes & Electronic Health Records

Behavior Change Theory & Health Counseling Skills

Motivational Interviewing

3. Job Skills for Community Health Workers (24+ hours)

Public Health and the Role of Community Health Workers

Scope of Practice, Service Coordination & Referrals

Health Education Outreach & Presentations

Skills Assessment -- CHW Presentation & Simulation


Optional add on: Free to registered learners, TUH will offer a certificate training in Mental Health First Aid.


Learner Outcomes

Through the program, participants are expected to:

  • Increase knowledge of health information
  • Build organizational skills
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Enhance interpersonal skills
  • Gain client capacity building skills
  • Demonstrate presentation, teaching and outreach skills
  • Increase knowledge of community services
  • Build service coordination skills
  • Enhance advocacy skills


Admission Information:

Applicants are required to:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Be proficient in reading and writing skills and have basic computer literacy skills
  • Complete the online application and pay the non-refundable deposit fee of $50. If the applicant is not accepted into the program the deposit will be refunded.

Application submission deadline: December 11, 2020

If you have questions about the program or the application, please email Fern Gilkerson at fern.gilkerson@temple.edu




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Section Title
Community Health Worker Training Program
Contact Hours
  • Online Learning
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,560.00 Click here to get more information
Section Notes

Program Schedule:

  • Dates: Jan 5 - May 25, 2021 (no class on April 1)
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday each week
  • Location: Online virtual classes will meet via *Zoom Meeting
    • *Zoom Meeting link will be sent out to registered participants closer to the start of the program

Program Notes:

  • This program requires an application to be submitted and approved prior to registration
  • This course will be presented live via Zoom Meeting. Participants will be required to have the following technology to join the online course:
    • Zoom Meeting account (instructions will be sent to registered participants)
    • a web camera, turned on 
    • a computer microphone and speakers, turned on
  • To receive a Temple CHW certificate, participants must complete the 120-hour program, including attendance to all classes, class participation and successful completion of assignments and quizzes, .
  • Participants will be required to use Canvas Learning Management System to access classwork in addition to classroom instruction
    • For a complete Canvas overview to learn how to use and navigate the LMS Canvas platform, click on this link!
  • Completion of this 120-hour certificate meets the Education requirement of the PA Certification Board CCHW credential
If you have questions, please contact Fern Gilkerson via email at fern.gilkerson@temple.edu