Community Health Training Program


Optimal health, particularly for vulnerable populations, is dependent on comprehensive care, comprised of various types and levels of medical and social service expertise.  Community Health Workers (CHWs), or para-professionals who are cross-trained to support medical and social service professionals, are sometimes part of a comprehensive strategy, as they fulfill an essential support role.  It is also equally important that each professional of a care team is appropriately cross-trained to holistically address and effectively help the patient/client.  Trusted medical professionals can have an enormous impact on health behavior change when medical intervention and treatment appropriately consider patients’ social determinants of health.  Likewise, social service professionals have incredible potential to support their clients’ health.  These professionals have unique, comprehensive insight into individuals’ social determinants of health as they work to empower individuals and families to build on their strengths to overcome challenges and achieve their life goals.

Temple University Harrisburg provides top-quality community health training that supports all members of a care team – whether their expertise lies in community health work, human/aging services, health education/prevention, health program administration, nursing, and/or clinical case management.  Temple University Harrisburg’s training in community health and health counseling facilitates professionals’ understanding of essential concepts that enable them to apply strengths-based best practices.

Who Should Register?

Help-giving professionals in the fields of:

  • community health work

  • human or aging services

  • health prevention and education

  • health program administration

  • nursing  

  • clinical case management

Program Structure

Temple University Harrisburg’s Community Health Training includes 120 hours of non-credit instruction.  The program is provided in three (3) series:

  • Community Health Foundations (48 hours)

  • Community Health Counseling (48 hours)

  • Job Skills for Community Health Workers (24+ hours)

View the list of the 12-hour courses in each series.

12-hour courses can be completed in any order, with the exception of CHW Job Skills Assessment, which is the final course required for Temple CHW certification. Participants must complete ALL 120 hours to receive CHW Certification from Temple University.


$195 for each 12-hour course
$624 for each series (20% savings as compared to per course cost)
$1560 for full CHW Certification (20% savings as compared to per course cost)

Individuals must initially register for the full series or full certification for the 20% savings to apply.

Course schedule and registration links coming in 2018.



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