Graduate Programs in Health Advocacy

The Health Advocacy Program imparts the knowledge, skills, competencies and habits of mind necessary for aspiring and established healthcare professionals to pursue high-impact careers in case management and health advocacy. The Program integrates key elements of management, social sciences, human services, education and health science in such a way to prepare students to become effective professionals. Graduates from the Health Advocacy program will operate from strengths-based, culturally competent frameworks that value, respect and empower clients/patients and enhances healthcare organizations and systems.

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Two Professional/Graduate Tracks
Certificate in Patient Advocacy
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Health Advocacy

The Graduate Certificate program is designed for students already holding the minimum of a bachelor's degree. It addresses issues of ethics, policy, economics, technologies, disease/disabilities and relational dynamics with an emphasis on individual-level case management. The Master of Arts program focuses on Health Advocacy departmental/organizational design and management. 

The two courses of study will be launched sequentially in a way in which students may progress seamlessly from one course of study to the next. The credits earned in the Certificate program may be applied to the Master's program.

Online Program
Classes attain high intellectual standards using an online format that respects the flexibility needs of young adult learners and midcareer professionals. Students are provided study opportunities that allow them to gain knowledge and skills in an area of high personal and professional interest, where there is a great societal need for thoughtful, inspired and compassionate professionals.

Learning and Expertise Goals
Students in the program will know the most important analytical frameworks, contingency models, skills, approaches, historical and current trends and ideas that shape and comprise the emerging field of health advocacy. They will respond to the growing awareness of the importance of partnering perspectives in management, the social sciences, education and the health sciences while exploring the converging roles of patient representative, ombudsman, educator, care manager, patient navigator, family advisor and health advocate.

This program equips students to understand, appreciate and demonstrate relevant aspects of:

  • The skills associated with interviewing, counseling and consultation;
  • Assessment;
  • Research and program evaluation;
  • The medical, psychological, social and environmental aspects of chronic illness and disability;
  • The roles, services and resources associated with Health advocacy;
  • The broad range of economic, legal and policy issues surrounding the provision of health care;
  • The broad range of ethical dilemmas confronting health advocates;
  • The various elements of a dynamic professional identity in the field;
  • The sources, nature and consequences of social and cultural diversity.