Community Health Worker (CHW 101)

Course Description 

The Community Health Worker serves as a link between clients, communities and health and social service systems in order to improve access, alleviate health disparities, and to build health and wellbeing for individuals, their families, and communities. Students will learn the principles and skills needed to work as a Community Health Worker, and address community needs. This course was designed to prepare students to apply to the Board of Certification of Community Health Workers (BCCHW) for a Community Health Worker Certification. As such the course work outlined follows the ten core competencies for Community Health Workers in the State of Massachusetts (see https:// for more information). After successful completion of this course, Students will receive a certificate of completion.

This course is offered in both in-person and hybrid formats.

Hybrid Training Delivery Option

The hybrid training model involves an online component and an in-person component. The online component involves Instructor-to-student interaction where students will engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate assignments with subsequent instructor feedback. Additionally, it will involve instruction that will be delivered via video lectures and interactive modules.

Training Outline and Requirements

  • Training Hours: 126 
  • Requirements:
    • Stable, high speed wireless internet connection 
    • A personal laptop or desktop computer
    • A webcam and a headset or microphone for your computer
    • A binder/folder and notebook
  • Students must complete the course within 7 weeks. 


Employment is not guaranteed within our clinic’s programs, but if a position is open and students show alignment with the values of our mission, we present the opportunity to our students if available. We encourage students to seek continued learning within many settings and continued higher education to advance in the healthcare field.