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Patient Advocacy (Concentration)

The Concentration in Patient Advocacy is designed to advance students’ knowledge and understanding of health and human services, health care management, health psychology, and sociology, in the context of the health care environment working with, and for, patients. The Concentration in Patient Advocacy is designed to prepare students with the foundational knowledge for entry-level roles in the field of health advocacy and patient navigation. The concentration prepares students for non-clinical graduate study in health care such as health care administration, health care policy, patient advocacy, and public health. Additionally, the Concentration in Patient Advocacy will complement students’ preparation for graduate study in one of the many clinical health professions such as dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, physician’s assistant. This interdisciplinary concentration provides the student with education in aspects of human services, ethics, law, policy, and the social sciences necessary for advancing patient- and family-centered health care. It can be undertaken while studying a number of possible majors. 

Program Contact

Christian (Scannell) Williams, Ph.D., LMHC

Assistant Professor of Human Services
508-767-7219 Switzer Building - Room 101

Program Curriculum

  • Required Courses:

    HUS 210 Medical Aspects of Human Functionality (Fall/Spring)
    HUS/HSC 222 Advocacy for Patient-Centered Care (Fall)
    HUS 340 Principles of Case Management (Spring)
    HSC 100 Systems Approach to Delivering Healthcare in America (Fall/Sring)
    HSC 310 Evidence-Based Health Care (Spring)
    HSC 360 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care (Fall)
    HSC 370 Principles of Health Education and Promotion (Spring)


Christian (Scannell) Williams, Ph.D., LMHC
Assistant Professor of Human Services
Mark Leary
Adjunct Professor, Human Services
Alison J. Myette, MS, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor of Practice, Human Services
Cinzia Pica, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Health and Human Services Director of the Women’s Studies Program Professor, Human Services
Gary R Senecal, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Human Services
Temperence Staples
Adjunct Faculty, Human Services

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

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At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.


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Dual Degree Programs

Apply as a high school senior to an undergraduate and graduate program with one application. If admitted, you will be enrolled in both programs - allowing you to seamlessly transition from your undergraduate studies into one of our graduate programs. We offer the following dual degree programs:

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