Graduate

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.

Health Advocacy Program

Program Tracks Available

Online


Admission Deadline

Fall: July 15 (Fall 2020 semester begins August 17)
Spring (January start): December 1
Summer: May 10 Application Deadline

 


Degrees Offered

M.A., Certificate


School

School of Graduate Studies


Department

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

Program Contact

Susan M. Cahill

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Schedule a Conversation
508-767-7365 Admissions House - Room 205

Lea Christo, MSW, LICSW, BCPA

Director of Health Advocacy Program, Co-Director MBA in Healthcare Management, Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Services/Rehab Studies, Co-Developer Special Ops: Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Program, Coordinator of Resiliency in Helping Professions Certification Program
508-767-7503 Kennedy Hall - Room 107

John Landers

Academic Affairs Support Team
508-767-7430 Kennedy Hall - Room 107
Oct 20 Tue

Health Advocacy Virtual Information Session

We invite you to learn more about our Health Advocacy program by participating in our virtual information session. You will have the opportunity to chat with the program director and admissions personnel throughout the webinar.

Oct. 20, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual
Register

Health Advocacy Events

Oct 20 Tue

Health Advocacy Virtual Information Session

We invite you to learn more about our Health Advocacy program by participating in our virtual information session. You will have the opportunity to chat with the program director and admissions personnel throughout the webinar.

Oct. 20, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual
Register

Program Curriculum

Faculty

Laurin Bloom

Health Advocacy
Owner/Manager, Patient and Family Adovocates, LLC

The instructors have a depth of experience and training that benefits students immensely.

They engage and challenge learners on a variety of levels, ensuring students are prepared for careers in Health Advocacy. The program compliments my work as an independent Health Advocate. Not a day goes by that I don’t apply something I’ve learned to my professional work.
Hannah Bylund

Health Advocacy 2015
Senior Navigator, Navicare/Fallon Health

The Health Advocacy program gave me exactly what I needed to advance.

"The program was a great fit for my hectic life. It’s designed for students who are working full time in healthcare or other fields. Instructors were empathetic about the demands on our lives and did everything they could to help. "
Regina White

Health Advocacy 2015
Operations Manager, Commonwealth Medicine/UMass Medical School

The opportunities for people who graduate with this degree are truly endless.

"I looked at a number of graduate degrees, including an M.S.W. and M.P.H. Ultimately, this program presented the perfect opportunity to pursue my management ambitions and my deeper passion to help people in need navigate the system."

Shining Their Light

Laurin Bloom

Health Advocacy
Owner/Manager, Patient and Family Adovocates, LLC

The instructors have a depth of experience and training that benefits students immensely.

They engage and challenge learners on a variety of levels, ensuring students are prepared for careers in Health Advocacy. The program compliments my work as an independent Health Advocate. Not a day goes by that I don’t apply something I’ve learned to my professional work.
Hannah Bylund

Health Advocacy 2015
Senior Navigator, Navicare/Fallon Health

The Health Advocacy program gave me exactly what I needed to advance.

"The program was a great fit for my hectic life. It’s designed for students who are working full time in healthcare or other fields. Instructors were empathetic about the demands on our lives and did everything they could to help. "
Regina White

Health Advocacy 2015
Operations Manager, Commonwealth Medicine/UMass Medical School

The opportunities for people who graduate with this degree are truly endless.

"I looked at a number of graduate degrees, including an M.S.W. and M.P.H. Ultimately, this program presented the perfect opportunity to pursue my management ambitions and my deeper passion to help people in need navigate the system."
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Graduate Visit Opportunities

We invite you to learn more about our graduate programs - either through a visit to campus, or by scheduling a phone conversation with an admissions team member or one of our program directors. Contact us today to learn more!

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Admissions Requirements

Health Advocacy-specific Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and an official transcript
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0

We recommend that you give considerable thought to the content of your personal statement as it is an important part of the evaluation process. Success in the program and in the field requires high levels of responsibility, integrity, and interpersonal skill. We are seeking candidates who have thought deeply about their place within the healthcare field. We encourage you to reflect on this and to describe your preparation thoroughly in the essay you submit.  Your personal statement should be approximately 600 words that answer each of the following questions:

  • Describe the academic preparation and skills that you have that you believe qualify you for the rigorous training involved in our online program in Health Advocacy. Discuss experiential and field-based experiences that you believe prepare you for our program.
  • Describe what you hope to accomplish academically during your program and how these relate to your professional career goals.
  • Describe the qualities that you see as essential to be effective and then assess yourself in terms of these characteristics.

General Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Application Dated & Signed
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events: “Whole Person Advocacy” Conference
Hosted by HealthAdvocateX (formally known as WASHAA)
Professional Patient Advocacy has been an emerging industry for more than 10 years. As the practice grows, individuals from all areas of the care continuum are realizing the true value of advocacy. Independent Advocates, Hospital Advocates and other advocacy professionals will come together virtually to rise up and meet the challenges before us.

Save the date!

Virtual Conference on November 5 & 6, 2020!
With an emphasis on integrating mental health in healthcare including How Nature Heals, Mind/Body Approaches to Mental Health, Food & Mood: Scientific Strategies and Clinical Applications; Addiction: The Hidden Prevalence and Practical Tips for Change; Trauma-informed Care; Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care; Integrating Mental Health: System Barriers and Solutions; Tools for Health, Wellbeing, and Resilience: Before, During, and After COVID-19. Learn about your profession with the opening session “The Dynamic Field of Health Advocacy” followed by a national networking event where you’ll meet colleagues with similar interests. Register here.

WASHAA Website

National Credentialing Exam in Patient Advocacy

Graduates of our Master's program in Health Advocacy and our Certificate of Patient Advocacy have the availability to take a newly established national credentialing exam in Patient Advocacy. The national BCPA (Board Certified Patient Advocate) certification exam has been developed to iterate and promote the professional knowledge domains and competencies required to assist patients and caregivers in accessing family-centered healthcare. This is the only certification developed for patient advocates that focuses on patient's autonomy. Earning the BCPA credential requires passing this exam that measures candidates’ skills and abilities, and ensures that advocates meet the emerging professional standards to work successfully as a BCPA. Our courses prepare students for the exam, as students integrate the ethical standards and best practices of patient advocates through these programs of study.

Learn more about this credential

Alliance of Professional Health Advocates

Assumption University is proud to be an affiliate of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA). Founded in 2009, APHA now has over 600 members and is one of the largest professional networks for private and independent patient advocates. Assumption University students receive $30 off the first year membership fees! Members receive information and have access to resources for a variety of topics such as legal, finance, technology, and much more.

Listen to the Patient Advocate Certification Podcast

Learn more about APHA

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