Community Health - One Year Certificate (CC1)


The Community Health Certificate of Completion prepares students to work in the fields of public health, health care, and community-based organizations. Jobs in the public health field include community health worker, wellness coach, sustainable practices/advocacy, peer-centered support specialist, outreach case manager, and community health advocate. Graduates work to reduce unequal rates of illness and death between different communities, promote wellness, and advocate for health equity. All course work can be applied to the Public Health Associates of Art Degree of Transfer. Courses cover foundations of public health, sustainable development, motivational interviewing, and health promotion strategies.

program learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of available community resources to support a person’s health goals.
  2. Explain the importance of understanding complex practices, values, beliefs and culturally and historically defined differences within the context of community health.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level proficiency in Oregon Health Authority Traditional Health Worker core competencies.
  4. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.

entrance requirements


  • Complete GED or High School Diploma

Other Entrance Requirements


  • The Traditional Health Worker (THW) approval process requires a background check through the Oregon Health Authority. This process is apart of the THW application process upon completing a Community Health Worker or Peer Support Specialist Training.
  • Some field practicum sites may require documentation of current immunizations, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Please contact the program director if you have any questions.

course requirements

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
HHP 100Introduction to Public Health4
HHP 110Public Health Professions1
HHP 228Health and Social Justice4
or HHP 248 Health Psychology
HHP 267Wellness Coaching Fundamentals3
HHP 281Practicum-Health Promotion/Public Health1
HHP 282Foundations of Community Health Worker6
HHP 284Community Health Promotion Planning 3
HHP 295Health and Fitness3
Choose up to seven credits from the following core electives:7
Introduction to Sustainability
Peer Support Specialist Training
Introduction to the Health Care System
Human Sexuality
Sustainable Food and Nutrition
Introduction to Alternative Medicine
Support Courses
Business Communications
Composition I
Math in Society (or any course within Related Instruction Computation)
Human Relations4
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Social Psychology
Total Credits42-44

performance standards

Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.

sample plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
WR 121Z
Composition I
or Business Communications
HHP 100Introduction to Public Health4
HHP 267Wellness Coaching Fundamentals3
HHP 282Foundations of Community Health Worker6
Second Term
HHP 110Public Health Professions1
HHP 228
Health and Social Justice
or Health Psychology
HHP 284Community Health Promotion Planning3
HHP 295Health and Fitness3
Core elective3
Third Term
COMM 115
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
or Interpersonal Communication
or Small Group Communication
or Social Psychology
HHP 281Practicum-Health Promotion/Public Health1
MTH 105ZMath in Society (or any course within Related Instruction Computation)3-4
Core elective4
 Total Credits42-44

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