Health and Patient Advocacy Online Programs and Organizations
These courses, programs and organizations may be completed or accessed entirely online. They do not require in-person attendance in order to take advantage of their offerings, or complete their programs.
The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
Holds teleconferences (call-ins) 8 – 10 times a year on various business topics to help private advocates grow their businesses. Topics range from insurance and legal questions to marketing, social media and talking to clients about pricing and money.
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.
NEW! PracticeUP! Online offers online business courses and more, tailored to the learning needs of private, independent health and patient advocates. Many courses are offered for free, or at discounts for members of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates.
Assumption College (Worcester, MA) Graduate or Certificate Program
Graduate level program leads to either a masters degree or post-bachelors certificate in health advocacy. This program is an online program.
Boston University Master of Science in Health Communication
If your interests are in health policy, journalism or other communications focused advocacy, this degree may be of interest.
Business Advice can be found through Health Advocate Resources which supports the business of being an independant private professional patient advocate.
Cleveland State University
This is a program for advocates already employed in a hospital setting, developed in conjunction with the American Hospital Association.
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.
Healthcare Liaison developed the first advocacy program specializing in training licensed professionals. They use video conferencing for all training. Small groups, individualized programming.
Hospital Patient Advocacy Certificate Program Is offered entirely online by Dorland and Access International.
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.
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.
The Patient Best program offers a 12 to 15 week program of online instruction ranging from care coordination to ethics and business practices for those who wish to develop an independent advocacy practice.
Professional Patient Advocate Workshops are offered by Dorland and Access International provides an online learning experience which culminates in a certificate.
UCLA Extension Certificate Program in Patient Advocacy
helps students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills needed to excel in this rewarding career playing a vital role in the evolving health care system. Complete this certificate in as little as 1 year, or take up to 3 years.
Utica College (NY) Online Certificate Program in Health Care Advocacy (HCAN) covers a variety of courses leading to many different advocacy career paths