Updated: December 2018  (see New! or Updated! below)
 
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Programs are presented in alphabetical order, by program name.
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Mentoring for advocates and navigators Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences
ONLINE PROGRAMS, EVENTS OR ORGANIZATIONS PROGRAMS FOR
PRIVATE, INDEPENDENT ADVOCATES and CARE PROFESSIONALS
HOSPITAL OR OTHER
EMPLOYMENT ADVOCACY
MENTORS SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES
               
     
online only             Events - Conferences and Workshops 
Programs that take place in one or two days, sometimes during the weekend, for various kinds of education and training can be found on our master calendar.
               
      Mentoring for advocates and navigators       Linda Adler, Mentor 
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy     Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences   The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
APHA provides provides business and professional advocacy support to independent patient advocates who are starting and growing private practices. Support includes areas such as client services, insurance, legal, marketing, business tools, networking and more. 
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online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy     Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences   The Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA)
Formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, the Aging Life Care Association provides support to those who work with individual patients and caregivers through education and professional development.
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy       Professional Organizations and Conferences   APHA Summits
One weekend, a 360o "insiders" view of advocacy: business, marketing, client services, and great networking where we bring it all together.
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment         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 is an online program.
               
  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.
               
      Mentoring for advocates and navigators       Lisa Berry Blackstock, Mentor
               
online only       Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs     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.
               
online only       Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs     Business Advice can be found through Health Advocate Resources which supports the business of being an independant private professional patient advocate.
               
  Programs for Private Patient Advocacy     Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs     The Center for Patient Partnerships at The University of Wisconsin offers an online Certificate for working professionals. They offer an online clinical patient advocacy program, in which you'll learn and advocate directly with patients.
               
online only   Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment       Cleveland State University 
This is a program for advocates already employed in a hospital setting,  developed in conjunction with the American Hospital Association.
               
choose the right patient advocacy program for you
   
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Programs are presented in alphabetical order, by program name.
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Mentoring for advocates and navigators Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences
ONLINE PROGRAMS, EVENTS OR ORGANIZATIONS PROGRAMS FOR
PRIVATE, INDEPENDENT ADVOCACY
HOSPITAL OR OTHER
EMPLOYMENT ADVOCACY
MENTORS SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES
               
Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs The Colorado School of Public Health and Denver Health offer the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative for hospital navigators and some specialized training.
online only       Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs     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       Cindi Gatton, Mentor 
               
  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.
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy           Healthcare Liaison developed the first advocacy program specializing in training already medically-trained professionals. They use video conferencing for all training. Small groups, individualized programming.
               
online only   Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment         Hospital Patient Advocacy Certificate Program
Is offered entirely online by Professional Patient Advocate Institute.
               
      Mentoring for advocates and navigators       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 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.
               
      Mentoring for advocates and navigators       Karen Mercereau, Mentor 
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy University of Miami 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 Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Mount Mercy University offers a MSN in Health Advocacy in Cedar Rapids, IA.
online only   Professional Organizations and Conferences 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.
     
choose the right patient advocacy program for you
   
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Programs are presented in alphabetical order, by program name.
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Mentoring for advocates and navigators Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences
ONLINE PROGRAMS, EVENTS OR ORGANIZATIONS PROGRAMS FOR
PRIVATE, INDEPENDENT ADVOCACY
HOSPITAL OR OTHER
EMPLOYMENT ADVOCACY
MENTORS SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment   Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs     The National Institute of Whole Health offers a Patient Health Advocacy Program which focuses patient health education and advocacy, as well as business skills that can be applied in all healthcare, medical care, patient services and private patient care environments.
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy           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.
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs NEW!  PracticeUP! Online offers online business courses and more, tailored to the needs of private, independent health and patient advocates, and care managers. Many courses are offered for free, or at discounts for members of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates.
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment         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       Elisabeth Schuler, 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         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.
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment         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.
               
  Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment         WASHAA - The Washington State Health Advocacy Association focuses on raising awareness of health advocacy, teach health advocacy skills, connect patients to WA state health advocacy resources.
               
  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.
               
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment   Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences   Events - Conferences and Workshops 
Programs that take place in one or two days, sometimes during the weekend, for various kinds of education and training can be found on our master calendar.
               
choose the right patient advocacy program for you
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Programs are presented in alphabetical order, by program name.
online only Programs for Private Patient Advocacy Programs for Hospital or Other Patient Advocacy Employment Mentoring for advocates and navigators Specialized Patient Advocacy Programs Professional Organizations and Conferences
ONLINE PROGRAMS, EVENTS OR ORGANIZATIONS PROGRAMS FOR
PRIVATE, INDEPENDENT ADVOCACY
HOSPITAL OR OTHER
EMPLOYMENT ADVOCACY
MENTORS SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES