This program prepares students to work in public health, private health care delivery systems, community-based social service agencies, and health care insurance organizations. Community Health Workers provide services to increase wellness and improve access to health services through outreach activities to target populations. The program will train students to develop positive relationships with individuals who need assistance and support in developing healthy behaviors, utilizing health resources, and gaining educational support to prevent or alleviate the effects of chronic disease.
Emphasis is on health education, health promotion and community outreach. Studies, in a wide range of health topics, include environmental health, health care delivery systems, nutrition, ethics, human anatomy and psychology. Coursework in this program is intended to develop and enhance the skills of community health advisors, social and human service assistants, and other people interested in working in the field of social work, community health and advocacy.
The Associates of Applied Science degree is recommended for students who wish to eventually pursue a Baccalaureate degree or a management position in industry. The academic courses included in the A.A.S. degree will transfer on to Baccalaureate institutions and provide a broader training for industry.
The Community Health Worker program is certified by the Texas State Department of Health as an authorized and certified training site for Community Health Workers.
Related Degrees and Certificates: Certificate, Community Health Worker