Master List
of Health and Patient Advocacy
Educational Courses, Programs and Organizations

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Listed below are the educational programs and organizations for patient and health advocates that AdvoConnection is aware of.  New programs are regularly being launched across both the US and Canada. 

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Programs are presented in alphabetical order, by program name.
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Mentoring for advocates and navigators Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Misc Advocacy Education Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences online only
PROGRAMS FOR
PRIVATE ADVOCACY
HOSPITAL OR OTHER
EMPLOYMENT ADVOCACY
MENTORS SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS
WORKSHOPS AND
MISC PROGRAMS
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES ONLINE PROGRAMS, EVENTS OR ORGANIZATIONS
                 
                Updated:  (see New! below)
     
        Misc Advocacy Education Programs   online only   Events - Conferences and Workshops
Master List of programs that take place in one or two days, sometimes during the weekend, for various kinds of education and training.
                 
    Mentoring for advocates and navigators           New! Linda Adler, Mentor 
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy     Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Misc Advocacy Education Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences online only   The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
APHA provides provides business support to private professional patient advocates who are starting and growing private practices. Support includes areas such as insurance, legal, marketing, business tools, networking and more. 
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Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   online only Alfus Patient Advocacy Certificate Program
The University of Miami offers this online program that provides a wide range of training and activities ranging from communications skills, to ethics, to financing healthcare and marketing.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment             Antioch University Midwest
Healthcare Consumer Advocacy Professional Certificate
 prepares you to help patients and their families navigate the public and private healthcare system. 
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy     Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         University of Arizona College of Nursing - RN Patient Advocates
Experienced clinical RNs can participate in this learning intensive to become independent RN Patient Advocates.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment   Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         UC Berkeley Extension Health Advocacy Program
This program is designed for those who may be working in health-related fields, as well as those who are interested in working in those fields. Its coursework covers a range of topics from the health insurance industry, to the continuum of options for patients, plus health policy and ethics.
                 
      Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs     online only   Business Advice can be found through Health Advocate Resources and Health Advocate Marketing - two websites that support the business of being an independant private professional patient advocate.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy     Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         Center for Patient Partnerships at The University of Wisconsin offers three graduate certificates, one for working professionals and non-traditional students, a second one for its current students who are currently enrolled at UW in another major relating to advocacy, and an online certificate.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment       online only Cleveland State University
This is a program for advocates who wish to work in a hospital setting,  developed in conjunction with the American Hospital Association.
                 
How to decide which health or patient advocacy program is right for you.
 
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Programs are presented in alphabetical order, by program name.
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Mentoring for advocates and navigators Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Misc Advocacy Education Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences online only
PROGRAMS FOR
PRIVATE ADVOCACY
HOSPITAL OR OTHER
EMPLOYMENT ADVOCACY
MENTORS SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS
WORKSHOPS AND
MISC PROGRAMS
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES ONLINE PROGRAMS, EVENTS OR ORGANIZATIONS
                 
      Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs     online only   CSA - Certified Senior Advisors
Through a comprehensive educational program, SCSA (Society of Certified Senior Advisors) helps professionals understand the key health, social and financial issues that are important to the majority of seniors.   
                 
    Mentoring for advocates and navigators           New! Beth Droppert, Mentor 
                 
  Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment   Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         Georgetown University offers a certificate program in patient navigation, including instruction in holistic care.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy     Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         The Graduate Institute offers a certificate in Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation working toward health coach credentialing via the ICF, integrative medicine.
                 
  Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment             Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute
The first patient navigation program developed in the United States, this institute has developed a curriculum for those interested in working as navigators for hospitals and community organizations.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy       Misc Advocacy Education Programs   online only   Healthcare Liaison offers a Certificate Program for medically trained professionals who are interested in developing an advocacy practice or working in an advocacy position through Healthcare Reform. We also offer beginning and advanced advocacy training workshops as well as on-line training.
                 
  Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment         online only   Hospital Patient Advocacy Certificate Program
Is offered entirely online by Dorland and Access International.
                 
    Mentoring for advocates and navigators           New! Caryn Isaacs, Mentor 
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy     Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         University of Illinois at Chicago offers two innovative, interdisciplinary completely online programs. Join nationally renowned patient safety authorities David Mayer, MD and Timothy McDonald, MD, JD and other patient safety experts as you earn a master’s degree in Patient Safety Leadership or a graduate certificate in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure at nationally ranked University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Medicine.
                 
      Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         Medical claims, and working with patients, bills, is a career based on the long-time experience of people who have worked (mostly) for insurance companies.  There aren't educational programs, per se - this career develops over time.  Some states do license medical claims people.  Shy away from any group online that promises you will make a fortune, as long as you send them some money first.
                 
  Misc Advocacy Education Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences online only NAHAC - National Association of Health Advocacy Consultants  
NAHAC is a professional organization for consumers, professionals and those involved in policy and legislative aspects of healthcare/patient advocacy and navigation.
     
How to decide which health or patient advocacy program is right for you.
 
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Programs are presented in alphabetical order, by program name.
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Mentoring for advocates and navigators Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Misc Advocacy Education Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences online only
PROGRAMS FOR
PRIVATE ADVOCACY
HOSPITAL OR OTHER
EMPLOYMENT ADVOCACY
MENTORS SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS
WORKSHOPS AND
MISC PROGRAMS
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES ONLINE PROGRAMS, EVENTS OR ORGANIZATIONS
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment   Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs     online only   The National Institute of Whole Health offers a Whole Health Advocacy Certificate Program which focuses on cutting edge, evidence-based health information for patient health education, disease prevention and shared decision making to foster informed self-care.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment         online only   Professional Patient Advocate Institute
offered by Dorland and Access International provides an online learning experience which culminates in a certificate.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment   Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         Sarah Lawrence College
offers the longest-standing (graduate) patient advocacy degree program in the US.  Graduates work in all aspects of health and patient advocacy, according to their interests. In addition, they offer a certificate in Mediation in Healthcare.
                 
    Mentoring for advocates and navigators           New! Robin Shapiro, Mentor 
                 
    Mentoring for advocates and navigators           New! Sheri Samotin, Mentor 
                 
      Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Patient Navigation Training with an integrative focus.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy     Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         Sonoma State University (California)
This program in Patient Advocacy and Navigation provides a special emphasis on Integrative Health Care.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment     Misc Advocacy Education Programs       Southern Vermont College
offers a both a bachelors degree and a certificate program in Healthcare Management and Advocacy.
                 
      Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs         Stanford University
offers a Patient Advocacy program, as a clinical program to afford its medical students the experience of working in community clinics.
                 
  Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment         online only   UCLA Extension Course in Patient Advocacy
offers a specialized one year certificate program to help students acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully prepare for a career as an employed advocate. The program is entirely online, using an iPad app.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment         online only   University of Toledo (Ohio) 
Patient Advocacy Online Graduate Program Toledo's program covers the basics from legal and ethical issues, to HIPAA and health policy.
                 
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment             Whatcom Community College (Washington State) 
Patient Advocacy and Navigation Program This six-month course takes place in Bellingham, WA and includes field experience.
                 
        Misc Advocacy Education Programs   online only   Events - Conferences and Workshops
Master List of programs that take place in one or two days, sometimes during the weekend, for various kinds of education and training.
                 
How to decide which health or patient advocacy program is right for you.
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Programs are presented in alphabetical order, by program name.
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Mentoring for advocates and navigators Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Misc Advocacy Education Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences online only
PROGRAMS FOR
PRIVATE ADVOCACY
HOSPITAL OR OTHER
EMPLOYMENT ADVOCACY
MENTORS SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS
WORKSHOPS AND
MISC PROGRAMS
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES ONLINE PROGRAMS, EVENTS OR ORGANIZATIONS
 
 
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