Minor in Health Advocacy

With an increasingly complex and dynamic health care system in the United States and an aging population, the need is growing for an informed group of health advocates who are qualified to advise patients and their families about health care issues, learn about the health insurance industry as well as the key provisions of healthcare legislation. Health Advocates, also referred to as Patient Navigators, are very much in demand. The minor in Health Advocacy educates students to serve as patient advocates to improve health and health care and help patients access an increasingly complex medical system. Advocacy careers span the spectrum from patient advocacy in direct service to individuals, to community advocacy initiatives on behalf of geographic or disease-specific populations, to system-level policy-based advocacy activities. The minor in Health Advocacy lays a foundation for pursuing a career in this field or furthering graduate educational opportunities.  

Note: HHS & CLM majors cannot pursue a minor in health advocacy.


Required Coursework

  • HHS 101 Survey of Health Professions
  • HHS 102 Survey of Health Professions- Shadowing Experience
  • HHS 241 Health & Medical Care Delivery Systems
  • HHS 350 Health Policy & Politics
  • HHS 362 Interdisciplinary Health Advocacy I
  • HHS 354 Health Law
  • CNU 500 Integrative Care for Health Sciences
  • HHS 453 Cultural Competence in Healthcare


Minimum of one elective course from following courses:

  • HHS 356 Seminar in International Healthcare
  • HHS 361 Healthcare Quality & Safety
  • CNU 503 Nutrition for the Health Professions
  • HHS 405 Social & Cultural Evolution of Disease

TOTAL: 22-24 HOURS

Note: We will be transitioning to a new curriculum pending university approval


To add the Health Advocacy minor, see your academic advisor or visit the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs in 111 Wethington Building.

 

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