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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 6:00pm

About the Program

This program prepares students to work for public health, non-profit and commercial health maintenance companies or organizations affiliated with the management of health services. Emphasis is on health education, health promotion and community outreach. Studies, in a wide range of health topics, include environmental health, health care delivery systems, nutrition, medical terminology, ethics, human anatomy and psychology. Coursework in this program is intended to develop and enhance the skills of community health advisors, social and human service assistants, and other people interested in working in the field of social work, community health and advocacy.


Program Brochure


Current Awards


About the Program Coordinator: Dr. Fernando Martinez

Dr. Martinez is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Community Health Worker Program at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas. He has an extensive background in hospital administration, community health worker programs and education.

Dr. Martinez was an administrator at Christus Santa Rosa Health Care where he designed and implemented a community wellness and outreach program consisting of a mobile health clinic, neighborhood health promoters, community health nurse educators, lay case workers, a pediatric primary care clinic, inner-city physician recruitment, patient transportation, geriatric resource center, and a patient information system. This was the first hospital-based community outreach program in San Antonio.


Dr. Martinez has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of New Mexico, Master of Science in Environmental Management, University of San Antonio, Master of Healthcare Administration, Baylor University and Ph.D., in Education Leadership, University of Texas, Austin


Academic Departments

Program Contacts

Dr. Fernando Martinez
Associate Professor
Program Coordinator

Phone: 210-486-4382
Office: WETC

Guadalupe Cornejo
Instructor, Community Health
Phone: 210-685-6612

Area Contacts

Emily Coppin
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 210-486-4352
Office: MLH-201

Adriana Garza
Administrative Associate
Phone: 210-486-4354
Office: MLH-201

John Grillo
Academic Chair, Workforce Programs
Phone: 210-486-4054
Office: MLH-201A