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.
NEW! APHA Academy
Find programs that complete your business education for establishing your own practice as an independent health or patient advocate or care manager through APHA Academy.
NEW! The Bridge Health Advocates offers online advocacy education through courses focused on advocacy and client service work, from communications, to medical considerations, to client intake and assessment.
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.
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 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
Get started with an independent advocacy practice, and prepare for the BCPA certification exam.
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.
NEW! Mount Mercy University offers a MSN in Health Advocacy in Cedar Rapids, IA and online.
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.