The purpose for the Community Health certificate is to provide specific training to individuals seeking knowledge and experiences pertaining to Community Health. Based on information and dialogue with the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition, this certificate program was designed to meet their expressed needs of training Community Health Workers. A Community Health Worker is someone who works with and educates small groups and communities to improve the health of their constituents. This academic certificate program is not a licensing or credentialing certification.
This certificate program will provide a community and public health-focused vocational direction for our students, and those currently working in public health seeking enhanced training. This certificate can be completed by degree seeking students at Kansas State University or obtained as a credential on its own (free-standing).
The courses are designed to complement several degree programs within Kansas State University. The content will require specific training in: public health and social determinants of heath for small groups and community assessments/outcomes; and, lifestyle behaviors highly related to health risks.