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Community Health Worker-Navigator - 16 credits

Why Choose Community Health Worker-Navigator Program?

Community Health Workers and Navigators get the chance to work with programs, or on projects, that impact the health and well-being of the community positively. This is a growing field that is great for people who like to be part of impactful outreach health programs to the community.

Skills Acquired

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Community health workers do the following:

  • Provide outreach and discuss health care concerns with community members
  • Educate people about the importance and availability of healthcare services, such as cancer screenings
  • Collect data
  • Report findings to health educators and other healthcare providers
  • Provide informal counseling and social support
  • Conduct outreach programs
  • Ensure that people have access to the healthcare services they need
  • Advocate for individual and community needs

Careers in Community Health Worker - Navigator

Projected Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 21% for Health Educators and Community Health workers between 2012 and 2022.

Types of Jobs


Community Health Workers often have job titles in:

  • Community Health Advocate
  • Social Services Advocate
  • Health Outreach Worker
  • Public Health Worker
  • Community Health Advisor
  • Community Health Counselor
  • Community Health Outreach Worker
  • Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • Navigators

Average State Pay

According to, the median pay in the state of Minnesota for positions in this field is $39,499 annually ($18.99 per hour).



Community Health Workers work with individuals and communities. They may create community programs that promote or maintain health. They may conduct outreach for medical or health organizations. They also might provide support or counseling, and they may promote medical services, like blood pressure screening or first aid.

Degrees & Certificates in Community Health and Health Education

Normandale's Community Health Worker/Navigator program will prepare students for a variety of entry-level healthcare employment opportunities.

Community Health Workers/Navigators (CHWN's) work to -

  • Increase cultural competence
  • Improve access to health care for racial and ethnic minorities
  • Improve the quality of care for chronically ill people
  • Promote health communities
  • Educate clients and others about access to and use of healthcare resources.

As a community health worker/navigator, you will play a critical role in bridging the gap between the community, health care, government and social service systems.

This certificate program will prepare students for a variety of entry-level healthcare employment opportunities.

Community Health Worker-Navigators (CHWN's) work to increase cultural competence, improve access to health care for underserved communities, coordinate care for chronically ill people, and map community  resources to improve the overall health of communities.

Community Health Worker-Navigators play a critical role in bridging the gap between community, health care, government, and social service systems.

Required Courses - 16 credits

Code Title Credits
CHWN 1000 Advocacy and Outreach 2
CHWN 1100 Organization, Resources, Teaching and Capacity Building 3
CHWN 1200 Legal and Ethical Responsibilities for the Community Health Worker 1
CHWN 1300 Coordination, Documentation, Reporting, Informatics, Navigator and Care Coordinator for the Community Health Worker 3
CHWN 1400 Communication Skills and Cultural Competence 2
CHWN 1500 Health Promotion 3
CHWN 2096 Internship 2

Other Certificate Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn at least one third of the required certificate credits from Normandale.