Community Health Worker Certification Course

Learn on your own terms with our online and on-demand CHW certification course.

Who are CHWs and what do they do?

A Community Health Worker is a front-line public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.  -American Public Health Association    

CHWs improve individual and community health and access to care. They forge connections where people live, learn, work, play, pray, and age, from the inner city to rural communities. CHWs work in 10 roles and across 11 competencies to provide wraparound services and supports to patients.    

CHWs help to address the root of the issues that patients face while also contributing to helping the clinical care team improve health outcomes and the efficiency of care delivery. CHWs can assist with issues that keep your patients from addressing their health. They are perfectly positioned to address the Social Determinants of Health.  

As trusted resources in their communities, CHWs can be instrumental in combatting misinformation, relaying public health messages, and ensuring patients are connected with services.  By addressing the patients’ immediate, urgent needs, your patients are better able to focus and address their own personal healthcare issues.
Want to learn more about CHWs, watch our FREE CHW INFORMATION SESSION.

Course Curriculum


Yes! Umemba Health Academy is a Texas DSHS-approved provider of CHW and CHW Instructor certification and continuing education. (Certificate #64, Expiration 2/2025). Our courses and trainings may also qualify for Category II CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists and towards AAMA continuing education hours for Medical Assistants.

Yes! Our courses are virtual and can be taken from any U.S. state, even overseas! 

The course is 160 hours spanning 16 weeks. You will have access to the course for 18 weeks.

Read the Student Handbook. Complete the online application and enrollment agreement HERE. Once completed, you will be redirected to the check-out page where you can pay for your course. You will then get immediate access to the course. (If your employer or a third-party is paying for your course, you will be enrolled into the course after payment has been received).

The total cost of the Online CHW Certification Course is $700.00 paid in full. An installment plan is available and requires a $200.00 deposit and 3 equal installments of $200.00 for a total of $800.

When funding is available, partial and/or full scholarships are provided by Umemba Health Foundation. Scholarship opportunities are announced 30 days prior to the start of the cohort.