Integrated Public Health: Community Health Work

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Integrated Public Health: Community Health Worker program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment as health navigators or community health workers. It is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of health industries, including public health, clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, and a variety of non-profit agencies that serve the community. Students will be exposed to how to identify appropriate health resources and services for clients and to communicate with diverse populations. In addition, students will study in depth a variety of insurance coverage and government programs to help their clients optimize the benefits and resources available to them. Students will specialize in either health navigation or health care coordination to address specific community and career needs.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Integrated Public Health: Community Health Work (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2021
Admissions criteria

Formal application and acceptance into the program.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Level one fingerprint clearance card required.
Students must undergo a background check, drug screening, health, and immunization requirements.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe the dynamics of individual, community, and organizational health infrastructures.
  2. Discuss local, regional, national, and global population health and health disparities.
  3. Explain identified key issues facing community public health professionals.
  4. Communicate effectively with the health care team, diverse client populations, and their families.
  5. Assess the social, cultural, and behavioral factors in health.
  6. Incorporate evidence-based health care practices into the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education interventions and public health programs.
  7. Exhibit behaviors and conduct that reflect safe, legal, and ethical practice.
  8. Provide information and refer clients based on the identified barriers and needs to appropriate resources and services available to the client.
  9. Describe the role of prevention and community collaborations in promoting healthy.
  10. communities.
  11. Implement strategies to improve health outcomes for an individual and/or community.
  12. Use effective care coordination and transition management methods in acute care and ambulatory care in community settings.
  13. Facilitate client-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IPH101 Introduction to Public Health Critical course Gateway course 3
IPH105 Introduction to Patient Navigation 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM270 Health Communication 3
HES100 Healthful Living SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IPH205 or
Chronic Disease Management or Introduction to Mobile Integrated Health Care Specialization course 2–3
HCC146 or
Intermediate Medical Terminology or Health Care Spanish I 2–3
IPH275 Patient Navigator Practicum Must be taken in the last semester and have permission of the instructor.
Student must have a level one fingerprint clearance and have completed background check.
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Integrated Public Health: Community Health Work (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.